If you are interested to make your lawn thick and lush then you have to adopt some loving and tender caring techniques. If you don’t ready to follow proper hassles then your lawn will be yellow, spotty, and unattractive. Grass needs proper care and maintenance for meeting their specific needs. However there are some general rules are relevant for most grass varieties. If your follow some rules then you can easily eliminate weeds in couple of months and have a thicker and greener lawn.
You can clean your lawn of unwanted weeds by hand or using a weeding tool if you have to clean a big space. For protecting your lawn in short as well as in long term from weeds it is important to get all the roots so making the environment free for your lawn grasses so there is no wastage of nutrients by feeding the weeds.
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Select a Quality Herbicide
If your lawn comes with high level of weed (infested with weeds) then a quality herbicide is recommended for cleaning your lawn of specific type or types of weeds. Make sure the herbicide you are using for your lawn is safe for your grass variety. For best result apply the herbicide in following way;
- Apply a pre-emergent herbicide before the weeds grow
- And a post-emergent herbicide directly on the weeds while they are growing
- For best results apply the herbicide on dry and calm day
Set Your Mower Blades At Best Level
For best result set your lawnmower to a height that is suitable for your grass variety! University Of California the following mowing height for these two grass types;
- Cutting height setting in range of 1 to 2 inches for St. Augustine grass
- ½ to 1 inch grass cutting setting for Zoysia grass
Another important thing you need to consider is to avoid mowing more than one third of grass in single mowing. In case your lawn grass is too tall then still you need to follow 1/3 cutting height rule and avoid trimming more than this one-third cutting height rule. You should divide the mowing process into more than one trimming sessions for getting the desired blade length. Too much trimming in one mowing expose your lawn grass to extreme trauma, providing a space for development of different types of lawn diseases.
Too much mowing in hard days for your grass varieties such as hot summer days exposing the grass roots extreme heat, reducing the ability of lawn to recover.
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Irrigation Time and Quantity
Your lawn needs water for its survival and growth. If your lawn is not getting the enough amount of water then you can’t expect the ideal growth. In hot and dry weather even during active growth season your lawn needs a proper and regular watering schedule, two or three times per week especially for sandy soil where the water requirements is more than clay soil.
Infrequent and deep watering is best approach. 4 to 6 inches deep watering so it gets access to the roots of grass enabling development of deep roots system. Deep roots system development is extremely important for enhancing the grass ability to get water and nutrients from deep area of the soil. This robust root system also makes your lawn stronger for combating the effects of harsh weather.
Frequent and shallow water encourages in plant short root system development depriving your lawn of the benefits of deep roots system.
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Select A Quality Fertilizer For Your Lawn
Your lawn needs nutrients. With passage of time the soil losses nutrients because raining, watering and absorption by plants and grasses. So the soil becomes nutrient deficient. The soil can’t repair this deficiency through its own efforts and from natural resources. So you have to supply it with these nutrients through fertilizers.
It is recommended to fertilize your yard day after you have watered your yard. Experts suggest the application of ½ to 1 pound of nitrogen for 1,000 sq. feet. The percentage of nitrogen varies among different fertilizers.
For best result it is recommended to fertilizer your lawn during active growth period. For example for war season grass varieties such as Seashore Pasplaum , Bermuda grass etc. the following months are best for fertilization;
- And October
While for cool season grass types such as creeping bentgrass, red fescue etc. the following months produces best results;
- And October
For even fertilize spreading you can use the broadcast spreader. After fertilization water lightly your lawn to rinse the grass blades.
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When the thatch builds up more than half inch remove it. The thatch builds up between the grass blades. For its removal you can use a thatching rake. If your lawn is large then vertical lawnmower or dethatcher works best. It is recommended to keep the blades spacing 1 inch while keep it at a height that will dig into the soil one inch deeper. You should water your lawn after dethatching and also fertilize it. For filling the bald spots it is also perfect time for overseeding.
Things you will need for giving the abovementioned tips a practical shape are;
- Weeding tool
- Garden hose
- Thatching rack or dethatcher
- Broadcast spreader
Other Important Tips For Making Your Lawn Thicker and Greener
Your lawn thins because of many reasons such as when the soil is compacted, when the yard is too shady, or grass is affected by diseases or attacked by pests. Other reasons for this unwanted thin and pale looking lawn may be low soil fertility, too dryness or the last but not the least your lawn may have been mowed in wrong way.
Whatever the cause or causes of this thin and not great looking yard may be you have to address it. Once the problem is fixed you can make your lawn lush, thick and green with simple overseeding with grass variety best for the soil and climate of your location.
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How to Thicken Grass in Shady Environment
If your lawn has this problem of not getting the quality amount of sunlight then it is best to choose grass type best for this type of situation. The following grass types are recommended by experts for shady environment because of its shade tolerant attributes;
- Red fescue (USDA zones 3 through 7)
- Augustine grass (USDA zones 8 through 10)
Red fescue and St. Augustine grass grow full and thick in all those spaces where surface is deprived of sunlight for significant portion of the day.
If shrub canopy or trees are not allowing the sunlight to get access to lawn grasses then prune the branches.
Water your lawn in early morning when there is less evaporation as well as low wind so optimum water droplets hitting their target spots.
Water also has enough time to dry out before nightfall so there less moist preventing development of different types of diseases.
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