5 Tips & Tricks For Lush Grass
While emerald green lawns are a common movie staple, it’s safe to say that the reality is a little different. Crabgrass and dandelions are common culprits that ruin this dream in New Jersey. If your backyard is struggling this summer, it may be time to make some changes to your lawn care routine. We’ve put together our favorite tips to add to your lawn care plan to create a backyard with beautiful, lush grass.
Reseeding your lawn is a great way to promote growth and create lush grass. However, spreading the seed on top of your existing lawn won’t do the trick. Follow the steps below to get it right!
- Remove weeds and debris.
When weeds take root in the backyard, they consume a lot of the nutrients and moisture that the grass needs to grow. Remove all weeds, including the root, to prevent them from growing back. Some homeowners choose to apply weed killer. If you do, read the directions thoroughly, so you know how long to wait to plant grass seed. It is also vital to remove sticks and leaves from the yard.
- Mow at the right height.
Usually, mowing a lawn too short can cause unwarranted stress, making it difficult to grow. However, before planting seeds, it is best to mow the yard shorter. This gives the seeds a better chance of reaching the ground. After mowing, rake away and dead grass clippings to improve contact with the soil.
- Aerate the lawn.
Lawn aeration is a technique that pulls plugs of dirt from the ground, making room for nutrients, water, and the seeds to find their way beneath the surface. If you come across any holes and uneven surfaces, take the time to even it out.
- Spread seed on the lawn.
As fun as it would be to toss the seeds into the air and hope for the best, there is a better way to sow seeds. It is important that seeds are distributed evenly via two separate passes. After you’ve laid the seeds, go over the yard with a rake to help the seeds mix into the soil, so it doesn’t get washed away.
- Water it!
For new grass to grow, water is a necessity. In New Jersey, some summer weeks can be filled with rain and others, completely dry. Water the grass daily either in the early hours of the morning or late in the evening after the sun goes down.
After the new grass has taken root and is producing blades, there are some additional steps you can add into your lawn care routine.
- Repair it as necessary.
When bare or brown spots appear, don’t ignore them. Inspect the area to determine if there is an underlying cause, like grubs. Treat it as necessary to prevent the issues from spreading.
- Don’t mow too short.
Mowing the lawn too short causes stress and keeps it from developing lush grass.
- Apply weed control.
Applying weed control can help immensely with creating a lawn that everybody stops to admire.