How to Grow Healthy Grass

Overview

Grass creates a frame around your home. A lawn can improve both the appearance and the overall value of your land. Caring for your lawn properly on a regular schedule will ensure you grow healthy grass all season long. For best results, grow grass varieties suited specifically for your region. Spend the time required to maintain your lawn, beginning in the spring.

Step 1

Supply 1 inch of water weekly to your grass during the growing season, but only if rainfall is less, suggests Cornell University. Water early in the day between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Use a sprinkler system to apply water evenly to all of the grass.

Step 2

Mow the grass no more than 1/3 of the total height, according to Colorado State University. Grass heights differ, but the typical height ranges from 2.5 to 3 inches. Allow grass clippings to remain in the lawn to supply organic matter and vital nutrients. Sharpen your mower blade every four months.

Step 3

Apply the proper fertilizer and at the right time of year, according to the type of grass growing. Plant-Care suggests applying grass fertilizer to warm season grasses, such as St. Augustine or Bermuda, in the beginning of spring or summer. Cool season grasses, such as ryegrass or Kentucky bluegrass, require grass fertilizer in the beginning of spring and at the end of fall. Water the grass thoroughly after applying the fertilizer.

Step 4

Aerate your grass every few seasons to encourage root growth, according to Plant-Care. Aerators create small holes that permit air and water to go in the soil. Aerator machines can be rented from most garden supply stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Sprinklers
  • Fertilizer
  • Lawn mower
  • Aerator

References

  • Cornell University: Lawn Care
  • Colorado State University: Lawn Care
  • Plant-Care: Lawn Care

Who Can Help

  • American Lawns
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.