Get Your Grass To Grow Better
If you're like me, lawn maintenance is about the last thing on my priority list. Having a lush, green lawn I can be proud of takes a lot of work and attention to achieve and maintain. Sometimes grass refuses to grow properly despite my efforts and it’s just impossible to determine the root of the problem. The tips below require regular repetition to work out the way they’re supposed to, but I have found they DO work. So, take a deep breath, equip yourself with patience and consistency and get to work!
1. Don’t let the soil turn rock-hard. Unless you’re one of those crazy people who don’t allow people to walk on their lawn, there is a high chance that it’s one of the most used areas in your garden. The soil under the lawn gets quite compacted overtime. Lawn mowing adds to the soil compaction as well. Proper air and water circulation, nutrients’ flow and even the life of grass-beneficial creatures like worms is disrupted in hard soil. That may lead to slower grass growth, patching and yellowing of the grass. Regular aeration is the way to avoid those problems. It’s not as complicated as it might seem. You can simply grab a special tool and go through your lawn punching 2-3” deep holes to restore normal drainage, air concentration and circulation and micro life in soil under the grass. Larger lawns are usually aerated with the help of an aerating machine. You can either rent one, or call lawn care services to book lawn aeration. It just depends on what you’ll have time for. I recommend High Performance Lawn Care, located right here in Grand Junction.
2. Watering the grass is vital, but it may go so wrong. The best way to water the lawn is to start this process early in the morning, when it’s not too hot and when the sun hasn’t completely come out yet. Otherwise, it might burn wet grass leaves and prevent some moisture from soaking into the soil. Watering your lawn more heavily, but not too frequently will give you better results than sprinkling the grass a couple of times per week for 5 minutes. The water should go deep into the earth all the way to the grass roots and keep it ‘hydrated’ even during extremely hot periods.
3. It’s not a pet, but you still have to feed it. Applying regular lawn fertilizer applications is an essential part of lawn maintenance routine that helps achieve healthy and well-growing grass. Regular application of turf fertilizer provides essential lawn nutrients that might not be present in your soil. It adds improving your lawn’s appearance and health. Lawn grass likes to consume nitrogen-rich fertilizers, which usually make it look much greener and healthier. Organic fertilizers and compost work wonders with your lawn as well. Be careful not to overfeed the grass so as not to burn it. Don’t forget to test your soil before choosing a certain type of fertilizer.