My neighbour John, has a thick, green, luscious lawn that makes his landscaping the envy of the neighbourhood. He has the type of lawn that you only s
My neighbour John, has a thick, green, luscious lawn that makes his landscaping the envy of the neighbourhood. He has the type of lawn that you only see in lawn care commercials. Achieving this highly sought-after result takes time, dedication and discipline, trust me I have a front row seat. I often see people walking by, stop to admire his grass and if they catch him outside, chances are they will ask ‘How can I make my grass thicker and greener?’ His response is always the same, ‘all you need to do is feed it, water it, and show it a little TLC’. The odd person will ask a follow up question, but most just say thanks and keep on going.
My lawn isn’t as nice as John’s, but I have picked up a thing or two over the years. Enough that I can elaborate on ‘feed it, water it, and show it a little TLC’.
Your lawn needs nutrients to flourish and be healthy, however, the nutrients found in soil are easily washed away during heavy rains. Fertilizing your lawn throughout the growing season will help provide the nutrients your lawn requires to grow thick and green. I fertilize my lawn four times a year, once in early spring to add nutrients back into the soil after the harsh winter months, twice during the summer (normally 4-6 weeks apart) and once again in the early fall, using a special fall formulated fertilizer, to get the lawn winter ready.
I’m not sure if overseeding my lawn would fall under feeding or TLC, but either way, it is an important step to ensure you have a thick lawn. The new grass will grow into any thin spots helping thicken your lawn overall. I watched John apply new seed to his lawn after ever mow, once I started doing the same, I really began to notice a difference in my lawns look and feel. If there was one key to having a thick, green lawn, I believe this is it.
It is no secret that your lawn requires water to grow, but it doesn’t require a lot of it. Roughly 2-3 centimetres per week should suffice. The time of day you water is important as well, watering in the early morning will help ensure the water is able to absorb into the cool soil, watering throughout a hot summer day could lead to a significant amount of water simply evaporating. Having an irrigation system really helps with maintaining a watering schedule. On the days it is set to run, my lawn is watered well before I get out of bed, and if mother nature took care of the watering for me, the system detects that it has rained and skips the session.
A Little TLC
Laying down and hugging your lawn is great, but the TLC hear is in the form of proper mowing and weed control. Many people make the mistake of mowing their lawn too short. In order to promote healthy grass and root system, you should never cut more than a third of the blade. Mowing your lawn causes stress to the grass, cutting down more than a third of the blade can lead to shorter roots, and thinner, unhealthily grass.
Weeds are a lawn’s worst enemy, they take much needed nutrients and water from your lawn and since they grow quicker and bigger than your grass they also block out the sunlight. Removing weeds regularly will help keep them under control. As your lawn grows thicker and fills in space, it actually reduces weed growth as the weeds do not have the space to flourish.
So, there you have it, with a little bit of effort and dedication you too can have a thick, green, luscious lawn. And when your neighbours ask how they too can achieve this result, you can borrow John’s line of ‘feed it, water it, and show it a little TLC’.