Your lawn is one of the first things people notice when they look at your home. Besides your home and driveway, your lawn takes up most the space in front of your house. This makes it very important to have a great looking lawn, especially if you plan of selling your house.
When it comes to beautiful yards, everyone loves lush, green grass. The problem is, it’s not always easy to achieve this. So, to help you get that, here’s how to get a thicker lawn that will make your neighbors envious.
How to Get a Thicker Lawn in 10 Easy Steps
Test Your Soil
The first thing to make sure is you have good, rich soil. In addition, it should have a few other factors to make it grow nice, thick grass.
Testing your soil is the easiest way to get it in prime condition for growing a lush, green lawn. Soil testing will give you a lot of information about your lawn. It also tells you its pH level. pH level is very important because plants like a balanced pH to grow.
Too high or too low pH levels will prevent your plants from absorbing all the nutrients from the soil, even if you give it the right amount of water and fertilizer.
The results of soil testing gives you a great place to start. It will tell you the things you need to do to help your lawn grow optimally.
Water More but Less Frequently
One of the things we commonly see is people watering their lawn too often. Many people like turning on the garden hose or run the sprinkler system every day or every couple of days. More often than not, they water less frequently.
While this may seem logical, it’s actually not optimal for grass growth.
Shallow watering frequently prevents your grass from growing deeper roots. Because there’s little water provided every day, the grass in enticed to have shallow roots to absorb as much water as they can.
Shallow roots not only make your grass easy to pull out, it also makes them more prone to disease. In contrast, deep watering done twice a week or so encourages deeper roots. The roots are encourages to go down deep because it knows there’s going to be enough water for it.
A deeper root system makes grass healthier and allows them to absorb more nutrients from the soil. So, you get a thicker, healthier lawn.
Weeds are ugly. More importantly, they’re a nuisance. Besides not being visually appealing, weeds also compete with grass for food.
So, while you may be watering and fertilizing your lawn regularly, the grass may not be able to benefit as much as they should. Instead, you’ll see the weeds grow faster.
The reason weeds grow faster than your plants is that they’re better at absorbing more nutrients from fertilizer. That’s just how they are.
So, you do need to get rid of them to remove the competition your plants are getting for nutrients.
Let the Grass Grow
If you want to grow a thick lawn, it’s important not to mow too often. This makes sense because you want the grass to get longer to give your lawn a lush look.
But more importantly, long grass is healthier grass. The reason is that they allow the grass to grow a deeper root system. This not only gives it a stronger foundation, it also allows its roots to absorb more nutrients from the soil.
Mow By Need Not By Calendar
Grass doesn’t need to be mowed as often as most people think they do. And when you do mow your lawn, make sure to keep the blades at a high setting. This ensures that you don’t cut more than a third off the top.
The best way to know when it’s time to mow your lawn is to check the grass itself. Once it gets unruly or too long to maintain, then you can cut it.
Knowing that longer grass is healthier grass, it’s a good idea to let your grass grow and only cut as needed. This means less cutting in the slow growth months and more mowing during the spring when the grass has the optimum environment to grow.
Leave Grass Clippings
Grass clipping from your mower are a great way to help your lawn grow. They act like compost and mulch to improve the environment of the grass.
When your mower cuts the grass, it will usually spit out the small clippings back to your lawn. Instead of sweeping or raking them off, just leave the clippings.
The small clippings decompose fairly quickly. When they do, they help make the soil healthier so that the grass grows greener.
Aerate Your Lawn
Soil can harden and get compacted. When this happens, it becomes more difficult for the nutrients to get down deep into the soil. The reason is that there are no passages for them to get through to go deeper down.
This prevents your roots from getting enough nourishment they need. Water, fertilizer and other things that stay on the top of the surface can easily be blown away by the wind or washed away when it rains.
To make sure that your grass’ roots get all the nutrients they need, it a good idea to aerate your lawn once in a while.
Simply put, core aeration is the process of poking holes into the soil. If you use a pitchfork, it’s like piercing holes into the ground to let the water, fertilizer and other things seep into the soil.
A better, more efficient way is to get a lawn aerator. These machines are more costly. But, they’re more effective. These tools pull out plugs of soil from the ground, typically in intervals of a few feet.
This allows all the nutrients to be absorbed by the soil, which makes it easier for the grass to take in.
Overseeding is just what it sounds like. You sow more seeds that your garden needs. While it may sound like a waste of time and money, it’s actually one of the secrets professional gardeners use to achieve beautiful, thick lawns.
Basically, sowing more seeds helps thin grass get thicker. The reason is that the new grass fills in the space that aren’t filled in your lawn. This creates more layers of grass which makes your lawn thicker.
Make Sure to Use the Right Fertilizer
Fertilizing once is not enough. Like overseeding, fertilizing your lawn regularly is needed if you want to have a nice, thick lawn. This ensures that the grass gets all the nutrients they need. It also makes sure that they don’t miss out when they need food.
Fertilizing regularly is important because not all the fertilizer you put down is absorbed. Some of it is lost when they’re washed away when you water your plants. Similarly, rains can carry them away from where you put them.
When it comes to fertilizer, it’s important to choose the right type for the grass you have.
In addition to sunlight and fertilizer, it’s also important to supply your lawn with enough water. Watering your plants with a garden hose or sprinkler is a great way to give them enough water. However, it’s important to be aware that some of the water will never get to the plants’ roots.
The reason is evaporation. The heat from the sun will cause some of the moisture to evaporate. Because it takes a while for the soil to absorb the water you can lose as much as 30% of the moisture on a hot summer day.
Thus, a better way is to set up a lawn irrigation system. This supplies water into the soil so the roots can directly access it.