The grass is always greener on the other side, right? If your neighbor's lawn always seems a shade greener than yours, we've got some tips that might just help you start off on the right foot this spring.
Rake. It's a pain. We know! So hire the kids down the block if you aren't down to take on the chore yourself. Raking the yard breaks up thatch–that layer of decayed and living organic matter like stems, roots and shoots which make it hard for grass seed and new turf to grow. So, get the hard part out of the way first.
To seed or not to seed? That is the question! If you already have sod, you may just need to patch up a few areas in the yard. If you're starting fresh, sod is the easier route. But there's nothing like that uber, lush green of freshly sprouted grass. Plus, seeding your own lawn is definitely the cheapest way to go. The decision is up to you!
If you decide to seed, be sure to take on the task of aerating the yard first. Liming the lawn is also a good idea. Grasses like a neutral pH. Lime loosens compaction, neutralizes acidic soil and gets rid of mosses that may leave your yard looking patchy if not removed. Fertilizing is a good idea too. To do it right, the best way to go about knowing exactly what your lawn needs are is to send a soil sample to the NC Cooperative Extension. Then visit us and we can suggest the appropriate fertilizers for you.
When your yard is ready, it's time to seed! Popular warm season grasses include:
- Zoysia grass
- Bermuda grass
- St. Augustine grass
- Bahia grass
- Centipede grass
Use a sharp blade. Once your lawn is ready to mow, think of the blades of grass in your yard like the strands of hair in your head. If your hairdresser doesn't sharpen his or her scissors or buy a new pair every once in a while, you'll end up with more split-ends than you came in with. Damaged grass is a lot like your locks of love. If you use a dull blade, your grass won't be so healthy and thus it will grow oh, so slow. Sharpening your blade every spring is a good rule of thumb.
Let it grow. We've saved the best for last! Less is more when it comes to mowing. Set the blade on your mower to the highest setting. This way you'll only be removing the top third of your grass. Cutting your grass too short stresses the plants. Allowing your lawn to grow just a hair taller, promotes root growth and shades the weeds which need lots of sunlight to germinate.
Have additional questions? Drop by Garden Supply Co any time. We'll be happy to help answer any questions you have.