Admit it, we all have lawn envy. That saying “the grass is greener on the other side” came from somewhere, right? Well, we are here to fix that and help you on your way to a beautiful lawn.
Before you can achieve that, you first need to understand what you are working with. There are many varieties of grass but there are only really two types: cool season and warm season grass. Cool season grass tends to grow in places like Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada, etc, where warm season grass typically grows in places like Florida, Texas and other warm climate areas. Once you decipher the type of grass you are dealing with, you can now focus on repairing it.
Now that you understand your lawn, there are a couple of steps you need to follow to achieve a healthy and green lawn!
MOW – Mowing is the most important thing to do when you are working towards #lawngoals.
To make this easier for you (or if you are a beginner), it is best to put your deck height at the highest setting, or if you are more advanced, make sure you never cut below 1/3 of the grass length at one time. If you do, it can cause stress to the lawn and allows opportunities for insects and disease to develop. Only cutting 1/3 off gives more surface area and allows the grass to receive more sunlight, allowing photosynthesis to occur, leading you to a healthier lawn. When you mow at that height, the frequency of mowing will differ. You have to pay attention to your lawn.
The take away – mowing is important and mowing with sharpened blades is even more important.
Is Mulching a good idea?
Mulching, if possible, is the best option for growing your lawn. When you are taking the time to fertilize the soil, you don’t want to be taking all of the nutrients and nitrogen out that you just put in. So by mulching, you are allowing your grass to soak it back in.
It is essential to having a healthy, growing lawn.
Choosing a fertilizer is all up to you and what you are comfortable with. For beginners, it has proven to be easiest to go with organic fertilizers as they are very forgiving if you happen to put too much down. Although, it is still important to measure the area to get an idea of how much you need. Lastly, make sure to stick to a schedule like you would mowing as it is best to fertilize after you mow.
Irrigation is key:
This is a game of learning and observation. You have to really pay attention to your lawn for this step. The need for irrigation can vary depending on your area, ie. Florida vs Minnesota. There are many options for sprinklers so it would be a good idea to visit your local hardware store for the best application for you.
If you follow these steps, you should be well on your way to a gorgeous lawn! Good luck and if you want to share pictures, we would love to see them!
For this article, we took inspiration from the Allyn Hane (The Lawn Care Nut). If you would like more in-depth information about how to achieve a beautiful lawn and more, we suggest checking out his channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnMLaRCrRR4.
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