A lush green lawn can be a great way to attract attention when you list your home among Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale. Green grass is a real eye-catcher, so you won't want to neglect nourishing the green in your lawn this summer.
So how do you get there, transforming your thin, sparse, weedy lawn to a perfect, uniform expanse of healthy-looking green? Follow the tips below, and you'll see some big improvements this summer.
Tips for Getting a Greener Lawn
- Improve your soil
A greener lawn starts with improving your soil. You can determine your soil's pH with a testing kit. Talk to a lawn care specialist about what amendments you'll need to bring your soil up to the right pH for the kind of grass you want to grow.
Another helpful practice is lawn aeration which, loosens up compacted soil and helps deal with thatch, a loose, organic layer of material in the lawn. Thatch is composed of both living and dead material, including roots, shoots, stems, and other material, and when it is produced faster than it can be broken down, it becomes a problem. A little bit is good: It helps insulate against fluctuations in moisture, and against extreme temperatures. If you have over an inch, it's too much, as it holds moisture and prevents water from reaching the roots of the grass. If your yard is small, use a digging fork to poke holes and aerate the lawn. If you have a larger yard, you should probably use a process called core aeration with a lawn aerator, which has hollow tines and mechanically removes cores of soil and thatch from the lawn.
Overseed for a lusher lawn
Here's a trick best applied in our region in fall and spring: overseeding, or sprinkling grass seed to fill in sparse areas. Choose grass that's appropriate for our cooler climate. A drought-tolerant grass is always a good choice since it will require less water in dry times.
- Nourish your grass
The nutrients in the soil get washed away by rain and irrigation. You need to fertilize the grass throughout the growing season. Use a starter fertilizer when overseeding, to get roots going. If you have an established lawn, use a fertilizer high in nitrogen, which will promote thicker, lusher grass. Keep feeding your thickening lawn for up to three months. Do you make compost? This is a great nutrient for your grass.
- Treat for weeds
You can just mow over them, but the presence of the weeds will affect the overall look of your lawn. Weeds also rob your grass of nutrients. Treat weeds early in the morning with spot treatments of herbicides. Grass should be damp from dew for herbicide to be effective. If you have extensive weeds, it's best to use a pre-emergent early in the spring.
- Mow properly
Mow so grass is maintained at its recommended growing height. The mower should be well maintained. It's also helpful to switch your mowing pattern.
- Implement good watering practices
Maintain constant moisture for germinating grass seed, until seedlings emerge to fill in sparse areas. After the lawn is established, make sure it gets at least an inch of moisture a week. If rain isn't sufficient, you should either irrigate or water with sprinklers.
Our REALTORS® have many tips on improving your property's look. Contact us today.