Have you always wanted that beautiful, lush green lawn you see in magazines? Don’t know where to start?
We have a few tips that will ensure you are getting the most out of the hard work you put into your lawn. Green Lawn maintenance is crucial if you want to maintain the best-looking yard on your block. We all know that mowing and seeding are part of the bigger picture, but have you ever thought about what else might go into having that jaw-dropping, green lawn look we all strive for?
1. Take Care of Your Mower
- One of the most crucial parts of maintaining a great yard is having the correct tools to do it. Regularly sharpening your mower blades will ensure that your grass is getting a straight cut. Dull blades will tear at the grass leaving it susceptible to disease and other pathogens that can be very difficult to eradicate.
2. Keep Your Mower Set High
- Make sure to keep the blades of your mower set high. Although we may all strive for the golf course look, it is very difficult to maintain. Longer grass enables the soil to stay cooler, which in turn prevents soil evaporation. It also contributes to the durability of the grass in the long run.
- Only trim only about 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. Trimming too much can result in scalping your grass which leaves large, brown patches and leaves yards more susceptible to weeds.
- Aerating is not only an important step in achieving that lush, green lawn look, it’s vital to grass health. It helps generate long, deep roots that aids in water retention.
- Aerating should be performed at least once a year to prevent compacted soil.
- We all know watering is key to those green lawns. Watering should be performed in the early morning about 2-3 times a week for about one hour, depending on your soil type.
- Mid-day to evening watering can cause a whole host of issues. Fungi, disease, and even grass burns can all be caused by watering incorrectly.
- This can seem like one of the most tricky parts to creating a green lawn. It is actually relatively simple. If you are fertilizing, always opt for slow release, organic materials. Compost is great for this.
- In Spring, fertilize with nitrogen-rich fertilizers to promote larger, greener blades.
- In Fall and Winter, add fertilizers rich in potassium to aid grass in becoming more cold resistant.
6. Soil pH
- The easiest way to get a rough idea of your soil’s pH is to test it! You can purchase a soil pH kit here. Soil pH should be around 6.5.
- To increase your soil’s acidity, add dolomitic limestone.
- To decrease acidity, add sulfur.
7. Add Organic Matter
- As we mentioned before, compost can be an excellent source of fertilization for that green lawn you’re striving for.
- Rake about 1/2 inch of organic matter into your lawn to add much-needed nutrients.
- Avoid using compost that is still steaming as it has not fully decayed yet.
8. Pull Up Weeds
- If you see one, there will be more coming! Weeding is so important to achieving a green lawn. Weeds will steal necessary nutrients from your grass and start to take over if you’re not careful.
- Make sure to remove weeds from the root as it is very easy for them to proliferate.
9. Remove Crabgrass
- Crabgrass germinates when the soil temperature reaches about 56 degrees Farenheight. This typically occurs around mid-April, depending on what region you’re in. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide as soon as you notice crabgrass, you will be crabgrass free for the rest of the year!
- Generally, Kentucky utilizes cool season grasses. The best times to seed are in early Spring or Summer, temperature permitting, as well as early Fall.
- Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, and Bermuda grass are all common types cool season grasses used in the area.
- NOTE: As there are many horse farms in the central Kentucky area, it should be known that Tall Fescue grass can cause abortions by Fescue poisoning in pregnant female horses. If you own breeding horses, it is best to stay away from this particular type of grass.