How to Help Grass Grow


Having green grass in your lawn takes a little more than simply watching it grow. Proper grass care is a lot of work. A regular schedule of care prevents the growth of weeds and prevents the attack of moss and grass diseases, such as fungi. Proper watering, regular mowing at the correct height, core cultivation to reduce soil compaction and improve water drainage, as well as fertilization and weed prevention tactics, will help grow grass.

Step 1

Mow the lawn regularly, removing 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time, keeping the blade between 2.5 and 3 inches for regular grasses recommends the United States Botanic Garden.

Step 2

Aerate the lawn once a year to relieve soil compaction and improve water drainage says Colorado State University. Core aeration removes a 2 to 3 inch plug of dirt from the soil. Rake the plugs after aerating to break apart the soil and destroy thatch.

Step 3

Fertilize the lawn regularly according to the grass type and its need for nitrogen says Ohio State University. Apply fertilizer according to Nitrogen pounds per 1,000 square feet. Turf grasses require more than regular warm season grasses, so apply accordingly. Spread fertilizer using a fertilizer spreader, overlapping fertilizer at each pass by following the previous pass.

Step 4

Apply 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water to the lawn per week to soak the dirt to a depth of 6 inches says Colorado State University. Plunge a spade into your yard to check how far down the water is penetrating. Different soils hold water differently. Apply in the early morning before the day heats up to prevent burning grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Mower
  • Fertilizer
  • Fertilizer spreader
  • Core aerator
  • Water


  • Colorado State University Extension: Lawn care
  • Ohio State University Extension: Natural organic lawn care
  • United States Botanic Garden: Growing green grass
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