How to Get Green Grass and Keep it Green





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Published on Jul 25, 2012


Growing a luscious green lawn is not rocket science, but it does require work and some knowledge of good lawn care. Many homeowners don't know how to get green grass. As a result, their lawns do not portray the lush, attractive appearance they should. There are definite steps homeowners can take to develop beautiful, green landscaping. The following green lawn tips offer some assistance in obtaining optimum results.

Choosing The Right Type of Grass

Beautiful lawns begin with the right type of grass. Not all grass is the same. There are numerous types of grass you can plant in your yard; choosing the right grass can make a marked difference in your lawn's appearance. Grass can be divided into two categories -- warm season grass and cool season grass. Warm season grasses include Bermuda, Bahia, Buffalograss, St. Augustine and Centipede grass. Cool season grasses include Bluegrass, Ryegrass, Fescues and Bentgrass.

Quick Tip: This mix from Scotts is one of the easiest grass mixes to grow and thrives in warmer areas.

Some areas of the country lie in what is known as the "transition zone", experiencing either extreme hot or cold temperatures. Growing a healthy lawn is much more difficult in a transition zone area, as your yard requires a lot more work and care. By choosing the kind of grass that grows better in these climates, you will have greater success in producing the attractive lawn you desire. Most lawns consist of a combination of several grasses to create an attractive landscape appearance.

Invest in Lawn Care

In addition to grass type, there are numerous other factors that affect the production of a healthy lawn. Good grass growth requires sufficient sunlight, water and proper care. Too many shady areas, poor soil, lack of water and lack of care can all hinder your efforts to produce a beautiful lawn. Proper lawn care requires that you follow definite steps to get successful results. By investing time and effort in the care of your property, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of a beautifully kept lawn all year long.

Provide Proper Irrigation

Water is a fundamental element for grass to grow. If you live in an area with sufficient rainfall, you will have little trouble with providing your lawn with the water it needs. If you live in a dry climate, you will need to ensure your lawn receives ample watering. Many homeowners choose to install an irrigation system in their homes for this purpose. Irrigation systems are not cheap; however, if you plan to keep your home long term, this system might very well be a good investment. An automatic irrigation system can greatly facilitate caring for your lawn and over time, you may find yourself saving money on water as well.

A much cheaper "watering system" that doesn't involve installing an entire sprinkler system is having a few soaker hoses. Just move them
Eliminate Lawn Thatch

If you are providing your lawn with sufficient water, yet you notice little positive results, the problem may be with an excess growth of lawn thatch. Lawn thatch will prevent water from reaching the roots of your grass, making your watering of none effect. This condition also encourages the spread of insects that can destroy healthy lawns. Excess thatch can be removed with the use of a vertical mower which can be rented from a local lawn equipment rental shop. Once the thatch has been removed, your grass will have little problem absorbing the water it needs to grow and flourish.
Importance of Fertilizer

One method of keeping your grass green is by fertilizing your lawn periodically to provide it with all the nutrients it needs. Typically, grass can be fertilized three or four times during the year -- in the spring or early summer as well as in early fall months. The best fertilizers are those with slow releasing properties as they work over a period of time to provide your grass with nutritious feedings.

The type of fertilizer you buy should coincide with the type of grass in your lawn. Some fertilizers also help with weed control as an added advantage.
Homeowners who are not so keen on using chemical fertilizer products on their lawns may find an alternative in using organic compost instead. The compost should be spread evenly over the surface of your lawn during the spring and autumn seasons. A thin layer of compost can be just as effective in helping your grass to grow. It also has properties that will keep weeds from spreading and eliminate insect pests.

These are but a few green lawn tips you can try to produce the beautiful lawn you desire. Beautiful landscaping provides you and your family with an attractive environment in which to live. It will also serve to upgrade your neighborhood, providing a pretty sight for all to enjoy.



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