How to Get Green Grass
Sometimes it's hard to escape the feeling that the grass is greener on the other side of your neighbor's fence, but it doesn't have to be that way. With a few tricks and some practical know-how, greener grass is within reach. These simple tips from our lawn care experts will have your lawn looking greener in no time.
- Don't Cut It Too Close. Cutting grass too short is a recipe for unhealthy turf. It weakens the roots by forcing grass to focus on regrowing blades. It also makes grass more vulnerable to disease, and opens the door for weeds to take over. It's best to set your lawn mower deck height to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blades each time you mow.
- Water It Right. Watering requirements vary widely depending on what part of the country you call home, but one general tip for watering almost always holds true: it's better to water your lawn deeply than to water often. Grass grows stronger roots if you water it only when necessary. When you do water your lawn, provide enough moisture to wet the soil down to a depth of 6 inches.
- Re-seed in Springtime. Winter often leaves lawns looking worse for wear, which makes spring a great time to spread a little fresh grass seed. Identify brown spots and bare spots, and re-seed for a lush, green lawn.
- Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blades. Dull mower blades don't cut grass, they tear it. That's not good for a healthy lawn and often results in ragged grass with white or yellow edges. To keep your grass happy and looking its best, keep your mower blade sharp.
- Find the Right pH Balance. Like all plants, grass thrives at a certain pH level. It will struggle if the soil is too alkaline or too acidic, and will often appear visibly less healthy. For grass, the sweet spot is a pH between 6.2 and 7.0. The best way to find out the pH of your soil is either buy a soil testing kit or take a sample to a lawn and garden expert in your area. They can make recommendations for how to adjust the pH of your soil.
- Aerate Your Lawn. Soil gets compacted over time, partly as a result of repeated walking and mowing. Compacted soil makes it hard for grass roots to take in air, nutrients and water. To help your lawn breathe, aerate the soil once or twice a year, ideally in spring and fall.
- Learn How to Fertilize. Grass needs the right balance of nutrients to thrive, but the ground underneath can gradually become deficient in these vital minerals over time. A lot of great fertilizer options are available: fast-release fertilizers are good for getting quick results, but slow release fertilizers help your lawn more in the long run. This handy guide is a good place to start.
- Leave Grass Clippings Behind. Speaking of nutrients, glass clippings themselves contain most of the key nutrients living grass needs. Instead of bagging your trimmings, use a mulching attachment to chop them up extra fine, and leave them right on the lawn where they fall. They will naturally break down in a couple of days, returning their nutrients to the soil.
Ready to learn more about caring for your grass? Contact us today to find a Hustler dealer near you, and talk to one of our lawn care experts about how you can get a healthier, greener lawn!