A lush, verdant grass is the glue that holds a garden together. Some lawn owners believe that once their grass begins to look boring, there is no turning back. However, you'll be relieved to learn that all it requires is some tender loving care.
We've prepared some helpful lawn care advice to assist you. If you follow our advice on how to maintain grass green, you'll soon have a lush, green lawn that will make your neighbours jealous.
Before you begin
Because some suggestions call for the use of tools, be sure you're familiar with how to handle them, please be the mind full of DIY Safety Tips. Use caution when applying grass feed and fertiliser.
Mowing more regularly but with a higher blade setting can help to eliminate yellow areas. You won't be able to chop off too much of the grass this way.
If the veins (at the bottom) of your grass blades are becoming yellow, you may have an iron shortage. A spray-on liquid iron supplement can help with this.
When fertiliser is applied incorrectly, what was once healthy, green grass might turn yellow. If you've over-applied it, just vigorously water the area to wash any remaining fertilizer into the soil.
Regular treatment is required
To get a clean cut, make sure your lawn is somewhat dry before mowing. To avoid letting your grass grow out, keep your mower blades maintained and mow little and frequently. When this happens, you run the danger of removing too many leaf blades at once, reducing your lawn's capacity to produce food.
You lose your green grass during the winter months. On those cold, crisp days, instead of putting your lawn mower away for months, give it a quick cut.
Mowers with a mulching plug will finely chop the clippings and then return them to the grass as a useful fertiliser.
To avoid moss, aerate and scarify the area.
Two further vital processes in maintaining green grass are aeration and scarification.
Aeration is the process of creating tiny channels in the soil that allow air to flow, reducing compaction, and allowing water, air, and nutrients to reach the roots.
Late spring or early autumn is typically the best time to aerate your lawn (when your grass is growing).
Avoid mid-summer or extremely dry circumstances on your lawn, since you don't want the newly opened soil to dry out.
Scarification is necessary to keep the lawn from becoming overly thick, which can lead to serious moss issues.
Simply raking or combing to remove the dead organic materials that create the thatch layer will keep you on top of things.
Grass care tip: Both of these methods will make your lawn appear a bit worse for wear, but don't worry; it will recover and contribute to the overall health of your green lawn.
Feed your grass with a fertiliser
Everyone with a green lawn will follow a seasonal fertiliser feeding schedule, since your grass will require various nutrients at different periods of the year.
A high nitrogen feed, for example, is best administered in the spring and summer to boost growth. A high potash feed, on the other hand, is best provided in the autumn to assist in strengthening the grass roots in preparation for the winter.
Tips for lawn care: Read the directions for each fertilizer so you know how to use it and get the most out of it.
Keep your garden hydrated.
A healthy, well-kept green grass will not require much watering, but nature occasionally requires assistance. Sprinklers are convenient and available with a variety of settings to choose from.
Water your lawn early in the mornings and late at night when the temps are cooler, since the grass will absorb more water.
Grass seed and lawn food
Spread grass feed all over your lawn if it appears thin or barren in most spots (but don't apply too much). To avoid the seeds from being damaged by the sun and birds from eating them, spread grass seed over exposed areas and cover them gently with straw.
That concludes our lawn-care advice on how to keep grass green. If you want to go even farther, check out our tips for removing moss and weeds from your lawn.