Keeping your lawn healthy and green requires persistence and attention to detail. Weeds, weather, poor soil conditions and a variety of other factors can stress your lawn, yellowing or browning it, creating gaps and patches and reducing its luster. Make lawn care part of your weekly routine to keep your grass lush and green.
Rise and Shine
Water your lawn early in the morning. According to gardener Jerry Baker, author of "Green Grass Magic," the best time to water your lawn is between 5 and 8 in the morning. Watering your lawn in the evening can lead to fungus growth and diseases like summer patch, and watering after the sun comes up results in much of the water evaporating instead of reaching the soil. Watering your lawn in the morning allows it to absorb the water without before the sun comes up and causes it to evaporate.
The Right Amount of Water
Too much water can be as bad for your lawn as too little. Water about once a week and plan on giving your lawn about 1 inch of water total, although it may need a bit more in hot or dry weather and a bit less in cool or humid weather. That means that if it has rained a half inch, you only need to add another half inch of water.
Baker recommends testing how fast your sprinkler puts out water by placing coffee cans around it, running it for 15 minutes and measuring the depth of water in each can. You can then use that information to determine about how long to run your sprinkler every week. Another good way to tell if it is time to water your lawn is to walk on it. If the blades of grass do not spring right up where you stepped, the lawn needs more water.
Mowing Your Lawn
According to Growing Grass Tips, grass responds to mowing by spreading out. Keep your grass cut to 3 inches or less and you will have a dense, lush lawn. Mow your lawn at least once a week to avoid stressing it by cutting away too much at once. You should never cut off more than a third of the length of your grass at once, since this can stress your lawn.
The condition of your lawn mower makes a big difference in the health of your lawn. Keep your mower well maintained at all times because a poorly maintained mower with a dull blade can damage the individual blades of grass, weakening your lawn. If you have the time and patience for the extra work, use an old-fashioned reel mower instead of a rotary lawn mower. Rotary mowers tear the grass with a spinning blade, but reel mowers cut it between two blades like scissors, creating a cleaner cut, which places less stress on the lawn.