Almost nothing is more relaxing to me then walking through my backyard barefoot on a warm summer night. The only thing that makes this pleasurable though is having lush green grass beneath your toes. Getting your lawn perfect may seem complicated, but worth the effort. Follow these steps to make grass grow lush and green in your yard.
The first tip is the most basic but can also be the most important. Make sure to choose the correct grass seed blend for your yard. Grass seed manufacturers make seed blends that perform well in sun, shade, or both. Some don’t require much water while others may need a little extra care to really get them growing. Just make sure to get the type that works best for your situation, and if you have any questions about it, go to a local garden center since they typically have experts who can direct you to the best choice for your yard. Before you spread the seed, we suggest that you lay down a layer of fresh topsoil to really give your grass the best head start.
Just like planting trees and shrubs, spring and fall are the best time to spread seeds to make grass grow. Since the temperatures are warm during the day and cool at night, and there is typically more steady rainfall you will have better success with the seeds germinating without having to worry about watering every day. Even with a little help from Mother Nature, it is still important to pay attention to the weather and watering your new grass until it becomes established. Be sure to think about the environment, and preferably pick a grass that is drought resistant, so you won’t have to keep up with watering the lawn every summer for years to come, and in the long run save time and water. Another step to help with conserving water is to cover the freshly sewn seeds with straw or a seed starter product. This will keep the moisture on the seeds where it needs to be instead of evaporating and will certainly help make grass grow.
Also, just like with any other plant you grow, choosing an appropriate fertilizer will help make grass grow lush and green. We recommend that you fertilize a few times throughout the year to get the best out of your lawn, but feel that it’s the most important to do this in the spring and fall. In the spring your yard needs some additional nutrients provided to get it growing and thriving through the growing season, and in fall it needs fertilization to help make it through the winter. As always for our pond people out there, make sure to not get fertilizer in your pond, or to spread it where it could run off into your pond, as that can cause issues for the fish and increased algae growth.
Coming out of winter sometimes there are spots in your yard that need touched up. If so you would follow the instructions above concentrating on those affected areas. If the grass appears dead from salt or pet urine, you can dig away the top layer of grass and dead roots, and add extra topsoil before seeding. Hopefully you saved the information on which type of seed you used if you had previously seeded your whole lawn. That will make it easier to match what you have growing since there are different types of seeds and seed blends.
A final note on how to make grass grow lush, is to make sure you don’t walk on it before it is established. Nothing will kill your new grass faster than heavy traffic. So in closing, make sure to choose the right seed, ensure it receives adequate water, cover with straw to retain moisture, and fertilize. You should have a beautiful lush lawn in no time to enjoy barefoot if you wish!