Taking care of your lawn makes your home more appealing to friends and neighbors and gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride. Getting lush, thick green grass on your lawn doesn't need to involve using expensive chemicals or lawn care services. All you need are a few simple tips and techniques that cost little to nothing in both time and expense.
Aerate Your Lawn
Aerating your lawn means to poke holes into it so air, water and nutrients can get deeper down into the soil. Aerating can be done using spiked shoes or special aerating tools that attach to regular tools. You can also just use a screwdriver or other long instrument, and poke holes 2 to 4 inches deep every 1 to 2 square feet.
Water in the Mornings
The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning hours, because it's not hot enough for the sun to harm your grass and there's enough time left in the day for the water to be fully absorbed or evaporated. If you water during the middle of the day you risk burning your grass because the water droplets act like miniature magnifying glasses for the sun. If you water in the late evening, the grass may not dry fully before sundown, and this increases the risks of fungus developing because of the moisture sitting around all night.
Water the lawn enough so that one full inch of soil is moistened by the time you're finished. By watering deeply, you encourage the grass to grow its roots more deeply in the soil, making it more able to reach more vitamins and nutrients and grow stronger and healthier. Stronger, healthier grass is much more green and lush, making your lawn much more attractive.
Don't Cut Short
When it's time to mow the lawn, don't cut it quite so short. Cutting the grass as short as you can sounds appealing because you have to cut the grass less often. But in reality, cutting the grass too short makes it weak and sick. Often the grass will burn and brown, but sometimes it will even try to grow back faster because it's starving. Without long enough blades, the grass is unable to absorb enough nutrients from the sun, so it attempts to fix the problem by growing blades longer faster. By mowing your grass to a height of 3 to 4 inches, you can avoid those problems. It will stay greener and more lush, and it will not be forced to grow at a much faster rate than usual, so you will not have to cut it much more often.