A green lawn is a homeowner's dream. Some people use fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides to achieve it. But because of toxic and hazardous chemicals in those treatments, many people are looking for greener methods to get greener lawns. Nontoxic treatments and other "home remedies" can make your lawn the greenest on the block. These home remedies are inexpensive and have been used for years on successful lawns.
Finding out how much and how often your lawn needs to be watered is the first and most important thing you can do to keep your lawn green. Find out how much water your lawn needs by contacting your local county extension office. It's best to give your lawn one thorough soaking or to split the amount into two equal watering sessions. Never water in light applications because it causes the grass to have a shallow and weak root system and encourages crabgrass. The ideal time to water your lawn is between 4 and 8 a.m. The second best time is 8-12 p.m. Don't water during the middle of the day because this causes the grass to burn and turn brown.
You need to fertilize your lawn to keep it green. One of the easiest ways to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers is to return grass clippings to the lawn. Instead of throwing the clippings into a landfill, use a mulching blade on your mower. Clippings contain moisture and valuable nutrients that are good for the lawn and make it green. It also does not increase thatch.
Mowing at the right height and time will also make your grass greener. Never cut off more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time. The grass will not be able to support the root system if it's cut shorter. Mow often, preferably when the grass is dry. Mow as high as possible for your type of grass. Sharpen your mower's blade so the grass stays green and uninjured.
Thatch is a tight organic layer of dead and living materials that accumulate above the soil surface. Too much thatch stops water, air and nutrients from getting to the roots. It also encourages insects and disease. Regular raking helps break up thatch and allows nutrients to get to the roots.
Aeration is the removal of soil cores. It alleviates soil compaction, increases rooting and improves lawn health. It also reduces thatch. It is most effective in heavily trafficked areas by sidewalks, sports fields and pet areas. You can use aerating shoes that have spikes on them but renting a machine is one of the best ways to aerate your lawn and help it get green.