It’s always a little embarrassing when spring and summer come along and your lawn still looks like it’s the middle of winter. Dead and brown grass is definitely an eyesore, especially when you have weather that should be producing thick, green grass. Here are a few steps that will teach you how to grow a thick green lawn without spending tons of money.
How To Grow A Thick Green Lawn: Tips
Level Your Lawn
If you want your lawn to look great, I recommend leveling your lawn as much as possible. If you have a large hill or bumpy spots in the grass, it’s going to be hard for the water and nutrients to spread evenly, creating brown spots throughout your yard. When you have hills, water tends to pool at the bottom of the hill, causing all sorts of damage. Use your rake, a topsoil mixture, and this guide to level out your lawn.
Reseed When Needed
Over time, your lawn can start to look really patchy. Maybe you have dead spots due to dogs, or maybe it’s just not growing as you’d like in certain corners. If you are noticing these spots taking over the look of your yard, I recommend reseeding. Make sure you reseed with the same kind of grass, or you may notice some discrepancies. Additionally, when laying your sod, make sure you take note of the variety it is so that you know what seeds to buy in a situation such as this. Learn more about planting grass seed here.
The key to green grass is making sure that your lawn is getting an adequate amount of water. On average, your lawn should be watered 2-3 times per week, receiving 1-1.5 inches per week. Additionally, it’s best to water early in the morning, as opposed to at the end of the day, so make sure you are timing yours correctly. If you are watering so long that it begins to trail down your street, it is too long. Turn your sprinklers off sooner to save water.
Use a rotary spreader to mix nitrogen-rich fertilizer across your lawn the day after heavy rain for premium results. Cover your lawn with the seed once in the Spring (preferably before the grass starts to grow) and once in the winter after you have mowed your lawn at the end of the season. You’ll be amazed at what a little fertilizer can do!