Updated: 23/07/2020

How to Make Grass Greener

The lawn looks best with entirely green turf. Everyone wants the best looking greens in their gardens. Keeping your grass green isn’t tough if you maintain it and take care all year round. Many gardeners pay attention to the plants and trees and forget the importance of lush green grass. While it is essential to cultivate and grow beautiful flowering plants and bedding plants and shrubs, the grass tends to tie the entire landscape together. A garden full of flowers with faded yellow grass is going to look dismal.

Lawns should be treated as canvases to showcase different plants and flowers. While lawn care and making the grass look lush and green may seem tedious, it is essential. A green lawn signifies a healthy garden and fertile soil. 

Let us look at some ways you can make your grass green.

 

Water the Lawn:

Watering the lawn seems to be the most apparent response to almost any lawn-related issues. However, over-watering can cause severe damage. Turn the sprinkler on a few times a week instead of daily, and allow the water to seep in all the way through. Infrequently watering the lawn allows the water enough time to penetrate deeply into the soil, and lets the roots grow stronger and deeper. To do this, you can use a lawn aerator, so that you do not clog the ground with dead moss and leaves.

Experts recommend allowing an inch of water to seep through. To measure an inch, place a few containers throughout the garden, and turn on the sprinklers. Keep track of time, and turn off the sprinklers once the containers get filled with an inch of water. You can also check for the range of the sprinklers and the degrees of water depth throughout the garden to ensure equal watering. 

 

Aerate your lawn:

Kids and pets run all over the garden and end up packing the earth extremely tight together. One way to tackle this packing and clogging of the soil is to use a lawn aerator and lawn scarifier to remove debris like cut grass and dead moss. Compacted soil can cause severe issues to the garden and green. Concerns like water drainage, air circulation, and nutrient absorption suddenly crop up. The roots of the plants and grass cannot move freely throughout the soil and may cause rot and die. 

Aerating the lawn allows you to loosen up the soil and allow better air circulation. The grass will get better nutrition and slowly start turning green. Beneficial microorganisms also settle into the ground and help with thatch breakdown.

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Recycle Grass Clippings:

Recycling grass clippings is crucial for the growth and development of healthy green grass. It improves the soil texture, reduces waste that goes straight into landfills, reduces the need for fertilizers, and saves you a lot of time when you use a lawnmower. Grass clippings are quick to decompose and help add nutrients to the soil. It behaves like natural mulch and also helps grass retain additional water. 

Most lawn mowers come equipped with a collection bag or compartment. This storage box gets full with grass clippings once you mow the entire lawn. When you are finished, empty the grass clipping evenly out onto the green and allow them to settle correctly. If you do not want to spread them around, use them in your compost and add them back to the soil for the added green.

 

Weed Killer:

Weed killers are essential for green grass and healthy growth. Weeds can be poisonous to the growth of all plants and grass in your garden. Using a weed killer helps eliminate weeds, and allows your plants and soil to breathe correctly. Since weeds are tough to handle, uprooting them can be extremely frustrating. They suck the nutrients out of the ground and take over your plant beds, paths, flowering beds, patios, and lawns. 

Use a good quality weed killer in spring and autumn to help eliminate weeds. Weed killers help target only weeds and leave the healthy grass and plants alone. Trying to remove each weed manually can result in a sloppy job, and you may inadvertently cause more harm than good to the soil. 

 

Cut Correctly:

Cutting the grass to the recommended height and allowing regular sunshine, nutrition, water, and aeration helps in aiding grass growth. Set the lawnmower to the correct setting, and remember to be gentle while mowing the lawn. Do not press too hard into the soil and disrupt the natural beauty of the green. Cutting the grass enables even growth, and allows the grass to remain green for longer.

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