You don’t have to be a professional gardener to be able to grow healthy grass in your front lawn or backyard. All it requires are these simple steps and lots of patience and care.
You want to mow your lawn a little high or else you will need to do a lot more work to make it look good. When mowing, don’t mow more than 1/3rd of the grass’s length and ideally you want the grass to be at least 3 inches. Mowing too close can make the roots of grass weak and vulnerable to pests, droughts, and weeds. So, you want to cut the grass when it grows up to 4.5 inches.
When your mower is dull, you end up tearing your grass instead of cutting it. Torn grass becomes vulnerable to disease pathogens which is why it’s important you change or file the blades regularly.
If the grass is short and you only cut off less than a third of it lengthwise (as suggested above), the clippings will not damage the remaining grass. Earthworms in the soil drag the clippings into the soil which improves drainage during the rainy season and its capacity to hold water during drought season.
Fertilizing too early in frozen or saturated soil will stress the grass plants because you are forcing it to grow when the roots are still weak. Fertilizing grass in early spring is a total waste because it will just wash down. The best time to fertilize is in the fall and about two weeks after you have cut the grass. At that time, your grass will use the fertilizer to develop root reserves which will help it survive all through winter. When spring comes around again, your grass roots will have a head start.
If you are having difficulty growing healthy grass, call Juniper Landscape Company today for a beautiful lawn!