Are you wondering how to have a green lawn? With the onset of warm weather, we all wish for a healthy green lawn to enjoy. But in the summer months, it seems there are always problems to deal with when caring for your lawn. Anything from dead patches, bare spots, when to water and how much, how to get rid of those darn weeds, and mowing. Today, I’m going to share some lawn care tips and show you how we take care of our lush lawn!
how to have a green lawn: Top Tips for a Healthier Lawn
Here’s a picture of our yard. It’s a big lot and it always needs work – don’t they all? We have fescue grass which is better in our dry Colorado environment.
Plus wait until you see the new Worx Landroid mower we got – it’s a robot and saves us a ton of time! We started by staking the wire around the perimeter of our yard for our mower so it knows where to stop.
What causes small dead spots in the lawn?
The first step is to determine why you have dead spots in your yard. Start with proper watering. How much water does your lawn need and is your grass getting enough water or maybe too little? Do you have enough dirt to create strong roots for your grass? What type of soil do you have? Clay soils and sandy soils have very different watering requirements. Does your soil have the essential nutrients to promote a healthy lawn and deep roots? These are a couple of culprits, but there are so many! You can certainly see brown spots from animal urine and also from critters, primarily voles.
Voles are an animal that tunnels through your yard and destroys the grass in the process.
We first had to get rid of the voles as they were living under our cement patio slab. We got rid of the plant that was attracting them (they love certain flowers and junipers). Then we lit a fumigant and stuffed it into one of the entrances under our patio. This will repel them and stop them from hiding there anymore.
To repair the tunneling damage they created you can just leave it alone and it will slowly grow back. If you want it to grow back faster rake away some of the dead grass and add some fresh dirt to the dead patches.
We planted some new grass seed in the dirt and watered as usual. If you add grass seed make sure to choose the grass type that is right for your area.
Another common cause of bare areas is animal urine.
This can be dogs, cats, or in our case rabbits. It’s a vicious cycle as the rabbits eat the grass down and create dead spots. While they are there they are urinating and that also kills the grass. Then when fresh grass starts to grow, they come back and eat the fresh stuff and repeat the pattern.
Putting a fence up will help keep the rabbits out of your yard. To grow the brown patches back, you want to neutralize the ammonia & nitrogen from the urine. Mix together 2 Tablespoons of baking soda with a gallon of water.
Pour the mixture onto the dead spots.
If you just have dead spots that are not created by animals. Sprinkle Epsom salt on the dead spot and water daily. The grass will grow back.
What is the easiest way to get rid of weeds?
Everyone has weeds and wants to get rid of them from their yards. Why are weeds bad? They weaken the grass plants making them more prone to lawn diseases, drought, and infestations.
I’m a girl who likes to keep everything as natural as possible and not use harsh chemicals.
You can remove weeds by digging them up.
Pulling the root system totally out of the ground will prevent them from growing and spreading.
You can also pour boiling water onto weeds to kill them.
Be careful not to hit other plants or your grass with the hot water as it will kill them as well. This is a great solution for spaces around trees, sidewalks, driveways, etc.
Make your own weed killer spray, there are several ways to do this naturally…
- Vinegar – spray straight vinegar onto the weeds.
- Mix 2 cups water and 1 cup salt and spray onto the weeds
- Dish Soap – Fill a spray bottle full of water and add 1 Tbsp of dish soap.
To tackle weeds in larger areas I add a gallon jug of vinegar to a weed sprayer. I also add 1/2 cup salt & 1/2 cup dish detergent to it. This helps kill those nasty weeds. Vinegar breaks down the plant, salt dehydrates, and the soap makes it stick to the plant.
You might notice your grass turning a little brown and dying a little but what’s important is will kill the weeds and allow the grass to grow back and be healthy.
See my new Landroid Mower charging in the background? It charges super fast and is ready to use in no time.
How do you properly mow a lawn?
When mowing your grass it is really important to change the direction. If you mow in the same direction every time, your grass blades will lean towards the direction of your mow. Changing the pattern is the best way to get the grass to grow upright and that way you get a nice clean cut.
Our old mower just died so we got a Worx Landroid. We love that it was super easy to set up the perimeter so that it knows where to mow on its own. Plus it charged super fast – so we were up and running in no time.
The pattern varies keeping the grass growing straight up for a nice cut.
Okay, and on a side note, it’s a robot lawnmower so we can do the other chores while it’s mowing our yard which is nice. This helps us complete all of our tasks earlier and we get more family time together. Thank you, Worx for providing me with the Landroid for this post.
You can also learn what kind of grass might be best for the area where you live.
How long and often should you water a lawn?
In Colorado, where we live, we have dense clay soil that tends to hold water and or runoff. On the nights we water (4 days a week – almost every other day), we cycle through all the stations twice for a shorter period of time to let the water soak in.
I took this picture during the day so you could see the sprinkler but we water at night which is the best time to water
Watering is an important part of having a lush green lawn and there is not doubt an irrigation system makes that task much easier.
how to have a green lawn Conclusion
As you can see regular maintenance is required to keep your grass green and healthy. Fixing dead patches, getting rid of weeds, mowing correctly, and watering help take care of your yard. All yard work pays off and you have lush green grass to enjoy. Plus using our new Worx Landroid mower saved us a ton of time so we could spend more time with the family.
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