How to Grow Good Grass


A lush, green lawn is the holy grail of any proper suburbanite, but it can be difficult to achieve. Growing good grass requires a consistent care schedule, proper mowing technique and a fertilization schedule that promotes grass growth. Proper watering during the heavy growth period will also encourage healthy grass. There is a lot that goes into keeping a good lawn, but once the routine is in your blood, you'll never fear brown and wilting grass again.

Step 1

Take several samples of your yard and send the soil off to a local university extension soil lab for testing. A soil test will determine your lawn pH and nutrient requirements, and a soil service will provide precise instructions on how to balance your lawn.

Step 2

Mow your grass regularly, keeping your grass variety to its recommended height. Most grasses require 2 1/2 to 3 inches in height to remain healthy, according to Ohio State University. Cut the grass so that you are only removing 1/3 of the blade at a time to prevent disease and promote dense growth.

Step 3

Water your lawn so that the water reaches the root zone of the grass, ensuring deep root growth and resistance to disease. Plunge a shovel or soil probe into the lawn to determine how deep the roots reach, and water to that depth. Your soil type will determine how much water is required.

Step 4

Apply fertilizer to the lawn using a drop seed spreader, applying fertilizer at 1 lb. per 1000 square feet two to three times a season. Broadcast the fertilizer, half in one direction across the lawn, and the other half crossing the first direction. Overlap the fertilizer by using the tire track from the previous pass as a guide.

Step 5

Aerate the lawn using a core aerator in September to release compaction in the soil and to remove thatch, the dead plant debris that builds up on a lawn. Core aeration removes plugs of dirt from the soil, which eat away thatch when broken up. Run a core aeration machine in a crisscross pattern along the lawn for the best results. Run a rake over the dirt plugs to break them apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulching mower
  • Aerator
  • Fertilizer
  • Seed spreader
  • Container
  • Shovel


  • Colorado State University Extension: Lawn Care
  • Ohio State University Extension: Natural Organic Lawn Care for Ohio
  • University of Missouri Extension: Natural Lawn Care
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Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.