How to Grow Better Grass

Overview

Make your yard the envy of your neighbors by creating a perfectly lush and dense lawn. Though grass is typically hardy and can take a lot of abuse, treating it with the right management and care strategies can help it grow better. Implement basic grass care techniques to make sure you're giving the grass the mowing, watering, fertilization and aeration it needs to reach its full potential.

Step 1

Mow your grass often--aim for once every five to seven days--so that you're never cutting off more than 30 percent of the grass' total height. Trim the grass to the height recommend for your specific lawn species. For example, zoysiagrass lawns should be kept at 1 to 2 inches in length.

Step 2

Avoid bagging and removing the grass clippings after you've mowed the grass. Though this may make your lawn look slightly unattractive for a few days, the decomposing grass adds organic material back into the lawn and boosts the grass' health.

Step 3

Water deeply and sporadically, rather than shallowly and often. This encourages deep root growth for a healthier lawn. Supply enough water to soak the soil to a depth of 5 to 6 inches, then re-water when the soil has dried out again.

Step 4

Fertilize the lawn four times a year with a synthetic or organic lawn fertilizer, applied according to the fertilizer's guidelines since potency and formulations vary by product. For best results, give the lawn a shallow watering--moisten the soil only to a depth of 1 inch--to help carry the fertilizer nutrients to the lawn's root level.

Step 5

Aerate the lawn biennially during the spring or fall season. Use either a handheld aerator or a mechanical appliance that can be rented from some hardware stores and nurseries. This breaks down the lawn's thatch, improves the condition of the soil and helps boost the dissemination of water and nutrients to the grass roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Water
  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Aerator

References

  • "The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed and Growing Every Season of the Year"; David Mellor; 2003
  • "Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard"; Nick Christians, et al.; 2007
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About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.