How to Make Grass Grow Fast

Overview

When spring comes around, you want to make sure that you have healthy-looking grass that you can easily maintain. However, you want your grass to grow faster if it's not growing at least 1 inch a week. When getting your lawn to grow faster, know what type of grass you have and what's right for the soil in your yard. Your grass might not be growing because your lawn is not getting enough water. Weeds in your lawn also could be hindering the growth of your grass.

Step 1

Perform a pH test on your lawn through your local lawn-care agency or by purchasing a pH test kit from your local garden store or online. The pH test will tell what amounts of lime or sulfur might be needed to keep your soil healthy for growth.

Step 2

Mow your yard to get your grass as short as possible before adding fertilizer. Mow over any weeds or tall-grass areas.

Step 3

Remove all weeds and prevent new weed growth by using a post-emergent weed killer that is specific to the types of weeds you have. It's important to take care of any dangerous weed problem as soon as possible to make sure that the growth of your grass is not affected.

Step 4

Fertilize your grass in early April using a 18-0-18 or 27-3-3 fertilizer, which contains a high amount of nitrogen and is typically used for the growth of grass. 18-0-18 is the best to use for a normal lawn, and 27-3-3 is best for turf grass.

Step 5

Apply half of the fertilizer you need to cover your entire yard in one direction. Use the other half to cover the yard by moving in the opposite direction. Water all of the fertilizer immediately so that it is moist, but be careful to not flood the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • 18-0-18 fertilizer
  • pH test kit
  • Weed killer

References

  • Get Grass, Garden to Grow
  • Lawn Care Tips
  • Lawn Fertilizing
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About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.