The Best Ways to Grow Grass & Lawns

Thick, lush green grass growing on the lawn makes a house look and feel luxurious too. Some people think that getting great-looking grass in your yard is difficult but in reality it's not. In fact, the best way to get wonderful-looking deep green grass on the lawn is to grow and care for it naturally.

Water Deeply

Instead of watering your grass for a few minutes every day or two, water it deeply and less frequently. By watering deeply---providing at least one inch of water seeped into the soil---you encourage the roots of your grass to go down deeper. Deeply rooted grass is stronger and healthier, so it becomes much more lush and green naturally.

Don't Cut Too Short

Before mowing your grass the next time, check your mower blades to see how short they're set to cut the grass blades. Most people have their mowers set to trim the grass as low as possible because they think this helps keep them from having to mow as often. In reality, cutting the grass blades too short causes it to have health problems, because the blades aren't long enough for the grass to gather enough sunlight for the nutrients it needs. Grass can actually burn from being cut too short, and it can end up growing back faster because the lawn is desperate to gather more sunlight. Cut your grass so that it's three to four inches high and no lower. This length allows the grass to stay healthy and keeps it long enough to win out over weed seeds.

Sharpen Your Mower Blades

Before cutting your grass the first time each season, take the mower blades in to be professionally sharpened or buy a sharpening kit and do it yourself. Dull lawnmower blades tear the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, and torn grass has to spend its energy repairing those tears. When the grass is spending energy repairing itself, it's not able to focus on strengthening its root system or getting green and lush the way you'd like it to.

Leave the Grass Clippings

After mowing the grass each week, leave the grass clippings where they lie instead of picking them up and throwing them away. Those clippings will decompose and provide nutrients the growing grass needs to stay healthy.

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