How Do I Get My Grass to Grow?

Overview

Lawn grass comes in many different types, from warm season to cool season and shade-loving to sun-loving. There is a type of grass that will grow well in almost any situation. However, if your grass is not growing, there may be a problem you have yet to address. As long as your lawn is getting the care it needs, your grass should grow well in when it is in season.

Step 1

Check the type of grass you have with the type of climate you live in. Cool-season grasses, like Kentucky bluegrass and Red fescue, grow best in cooler areas with short summers, while warm-season grasses, like Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass, grow best in areas with long summers and mild winters. Be sure the type of grass you have will grow well in your climate.

Step 2

Check where the grass is planted. Some grass grows well in shady areas, like St. Augustine and tall fescue, while other types of grass need full sun, like Bahia and Bermuda grass. Be sure your grass is planted in the right conditions for it to grow well.

Step 3

Water your grass down to the root zone. According to the University of New Mexico, grass needs to be watered down to the roots from 6 to 12 inches deep. Water your grass for 15 minutes every time the grass starts to show signs of wilting, such as a bluish or dull green color and folding or rolling of the leaves.

Step 4

Fertilize your lawn when necessary. Test your soil for the type of lawn fertilizer you should apply and then apply it four times a year. Fertilize your lawn in the spring, early summer, late summer and early fall or winter, depending on your climate. If you live in a warmer climate you can fertilize in the winter, while if you live in a colder climate you need to fertilize in the fall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to water your lawn more during droughts.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test
  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Sprinklers

References

  • Clemson University: Selecting a Lawn Grass
  • University of New Mexico: Watering Your Lawn
  • University of California, Davis: Kentucky Bluegrass--Poa pratensis
  • University of California, Davis: Red Fescue--Festuca rubra
  • Ohio State University: Lawn Care Plans
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.