Everyone wants that lush green lawn that’s free of weeds. Not only does this impress the neighbors, but it improves curb appeal and helps make the whole neighborhood a more pleasant place for everyone. However, this isn’t always a simple task, especially if the weeds have already taken hold. The good news is there are things you can do to restore your lawn, even if it isn’t growing the way you want it to. Once you take these steps, you will enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn that is sure to be the envy of your neighbors.
Just like our bodies need the right vitamins and nutrients to be healthy and strong, so does our grass. The three nutrients your grass needs most is nitrate, phosphorus and potassium. When these vitamins are present in the right quantities, your grass will grow healthier and greener. This is why it’s important to use a fertilizer that includes these three vitamins as part of our regular lawn care routine, particularly during the growing season.
Incorrect Soil pH
The acidity of your soil goes a long way toward the way your grass looks. If this balance isn’t correct, you will notice a number of problems that prevent you from having the green lawn you want. The best way to determine if this is the problem is to invest in a soil pH test kit. These kits are widely available and provide you with an accurate reading of the pH levels of your soil. Be sure to research the best pH level for your area. If you don’t have the right pH, a lime application can fix the problem.
During the rainy spring season, your grass can become heavy and matted down, which will inhibit its growth and keep it from being as green as you would like. This is typically caused by fungus that grows on the grass blades as a result of being too wet for too long. Hiring a lawn care professional can quickly take care of this problem and get your lawn back on target.
Dry, Brown Grass
While it’s not likely for your entire lawn to consist of dry, brown grass, when you have patches like this, it really detracts from the look of the rest of your lawn and can have a negative impact on the surrounding area. This is often caused by cutting your grass too short. Removing too much of the grass blades makes it difficult for photosynthesis to occur, which means your grass will dry up and die. For many lawns, the ideal height is three to three-and-a-half inches each time you cut. Cutting any lower than that can lead to the dry, brown grass. Pay attention to any high spots in your lawn. Even if you set the proper height on your lawnmower, terrain inconsistencies can cause some dry patches.
If your yard has a spongy feel when you step on it, you have a drainage problem. As soil is compacted, the ability to absorb water diminishes, leaving you with a soggy lawn that isn’t pleasant to step on and isn’t healthy for the grass either. This typically happens in high-traffic areas. Aerating your lawn on a regular basis can resolve this problem by loosening up the soil and creating an easy way for rain and other water to drain away, leaving behind a healthy, greener lawn.