The lush, deep green grass is one of the yard lover’s greatest achievements. A deep green lawn is a sign of a healthy, well-kept lawn and can be the center of a conversation. Though the initial achievement can be laborious, growing and maintaining a deep green lawn is not a challenging process.
Promote good aeration and sunlight throughout the grass blades and surface. Aerate and dethatch the lawn regularly to remove the excess thatch and increase the soil’s oxygen levels. Complete the process manually or rent a dethatch/aeration machine. Complete the process at least every other year in the early spring.
Keep the lawn free of weeds. Treat the lawn in the early spring with a preemergent herbicide. Apply the herbicide after the lawn is dethatched and aerated. Spray the lawn evenly and follow the directions for the best results.
Mow the lawn regularly throughout the growing season, from early spring through late fall. Maintain sharp mower blades, sharpening every month or so. Create a mowing routine so that no more than one third of the grass blade is removed during any one mowing. Keep the lawn between 2 and 3 inches in height during the summer months. Decrease the height by 1 inch in the spring and fall months.
Feed the lawn regularly. Use a well-balanced, slow-release fertilizer such as a 40-40-40 or 30-30-30 combination. Distribute the fertilizer evenly throughout the lawn and irrigate the feed thoroughly into the soil. Feed the lawn about every 30 to 45 days, based on the needs of the lawn.
Irrigate the lawn deeply and infrequently to promote a strong, deep root system. Water the lawn only when it shows signs of drought stress. Look for a loss of color and blade resiliency. Provide the lawn with 1 to 2 inches of water approximately once each week. Adjust the irrigation levels for periods of rainfall and drought.