We all love to have a decent lawn with attractive green grass. A green lawn is impressive, and it beckons us to enjoy the great outdoors. Greener grass is also healthy, and it helps to ward off unwanted weeds, diseases, and pests. Several methods can help to get your grass green such as the use of iron supplements, proper watering, grass-cycling, and more.
How do I make my grass dark green?
You can make your grass dark green by use of the correct fertilizer and at the right time. A lawn fertilizer with a high concentration of nitrogen and a low percentage of phosphorous is suitable for dark-green grass. The fertilizer should have a low-release of nitrogen to prevent it from getting into the plants at once as this can lead to rapid, weak growth.
You can spread granular fertilizer over the lawn every 6-8 weeks of the growing season.
How to improve your lawn and make it green
Are you looking forward to having a green, healthier lawn that is ever beautiful? Here’s what to do
1. Aerating your lawn
Your lawn is among the most commonly used areas of landscaping, more so if you have pets and children. As a result, the soil gets very compacted beneath the grass. Frequent mowing can also cause soil compaction, which may, in turn, lead to problems with water drainage, air circulation, and absorption of nutrients. Organisms such as earthworms that are beneficial to the soil may also not survive in such soil.
To get greener and healthier grass, you will have to aerate your lawn regularly. Punch 3-inches deep holes throughout your yard to give your grass a suitable medium to grow in. Digging holes help to loosen your soil and provide better air circulation as well as allow your grass to utilize the nutrients and water. Micro-organisms will also survive in the aerated soil and break down any thatch build-up.
You can aerate your yard by use of simple handheld aerating equipment or hiring a large aeration machine. Make sure that you aerate the lawn at least once a year.
2. Water deeply, but less frequently
Your grass requires enough water to grow green. Water your lawn deeply but less frequently to enable the roots to grow deep down the soil. The grass will remain green and healthy even during drought or scorching weather. You can water once a week with 1-inch of water, but the amount can vary depending on the soil type, species of grass, or local weather condition.
You can know if you are watering 1-inch of water by conducting a simple test. Arrange a series of containers all over your lawn and turn on the sprinklers. Continue to water until the water level is 1-inch in most of the boxes. Use the same test to check if the sprinklers are working right. If there is a significant difference in the depth of water across the containers, it means there is an uneven distribution of the liquid, which may lead to dry patches on the yard. Adjust your sprinkler head but avoid over-watering the grass.
To know when to water again, touch the soil to check if the first 3-4 inches are dry. Test the moisture of the earth using an electronic soil tester or a screwdriver or trowel to open the soil and use your finger to feel it. You can use water crystals (water-absorbing gel polymers) to help your grass retain moisture.
Be sure to water your grass early in the morning when the weather is calm to minimize evaporation.
3. Cut your grass to the recommended height
If you cut your grass to the correct height, it will help it to grow strong and healthy. Make sure that you know the recommended size of your grass type and do it right. Use a lawnmower with sharp blades to cut the grass effectively.
4. Use natural fertilizers
Use natural lawn fertilizers instead of synthetic ones since they work better. Natural and organic lawn fertilizers make your lawns greener than human-made products, and they are also environment-friendly and safe for your family.
5. Reuse your grass clippings
You can allow your lawn to reuse the clippings produced by mowing instead of throwing them away. Grass clippings decompose fast and give the essential nutrients back to the soil. The cuttings also act as a natural mulch and help the grass to retain moisture. Grass-cycling also helps in saving time used taking care of your lawn, and it improves soil texture, minimizes the need for fertilizer, and helps prevent wastage that goes to the landfill.
You can use a reel mower since it is accurate, quiet, easy to use, and leaves the grass at the right place. You may also compost your grass by using a simple compost bin if you cannot stand the sight of grass cuttings in your yard.
6. Use of corn gluten meal
Corn gluten meal is a natural fertilizer and herbicide for organic crops and turf grass. The product is a completely natural byproduct of the wet-milling process for maize. It also helps control weeds in your lawn and keeps the grass fertilized.
7. Convert your garden and kitchen waste into manure
You can compost your grass clippings, and kitchen waste then uses it for your lawn. Adding this compost to your yard helps to produce green grass and other garden crops. Compost has various benefits including;
- Improving water drainage in sandy and clay soils
- Produces slow release of vital nutrients and enhances root growth
- Eliminates garden pests and soil-borne plant diseases
- Protects soil from erosion
- Helps to recycle kitchen and garden waste
- Helps to balance the soil pH levels
- Attracts beneficial worms, insects, and other organisms
8. Use Mycorrhizal root builder
Mycorrhizal fungi are soil organisms that are beneficial to the root system of your grass and garden plants. They help the grass and plants to absorb water and vital nutrients. Mycorrhizal root builder allows the fungi to work more efficiently
You can have a green, healthy, and beautiful lawn by applying the correct measures to it. Follow the procedures detailed above and get your neighbors admiring your yard. You will also enjoy carrying out your outdoor activities in your compound.