Lush gardens are a treat for homeowners. It’s not just a sight for sore eyes, but it instantly racks up the value of a house.
But luxuriant lawns are hard to come by, as they need proper maintenance to grow into thriving grasslands.
There could be several reasons due to which a garden may lose its volume in the absence of adequate care. Those include having:
- Compact soil
- Shady Lawn
- Infested grass
- Insufficient soil fertility
- Dry lawn
Whatever the reason may be behind a lawn’s sparse quality grass, proper care and maintenance can improve it. Here are some fail-safe ways that can turn your thin green lawn into thick, swaying grass.
1. Check the Soil Quality
Making sure your soil is in its best form is the first step towards a thicker lawn.
Test your soil and check if its pH is balanced or not or if there are any underlying issues that could taint the soil’s quality.
Once you have identified the problem, you can fix them quickly.
An imperfect pH level can inhibit the grass from taking up the nutrients it needs, which naturally diminishes the quality of the growing foliage.
And if your soil is compact, then you must aerate it regularly to open it up.
When grassroots struggle to penetrate the earth, it most likely means that your soil is compact.
Compact soil has a firm texture, which makes entering it difficult.
Therefore, air, water, and other nutrients from fertilizers can’t get deep into the land to provide nutrition to the grass.
If you face this issue with your land, then aerate your lawn field regularly.
Run an aerifier 2-3 times a week to create channels within the soil for water and air to reach the deeper roots.
Overseeding is the process of spreading seeds over an existing lawn.
Aging causes grass to get thin, and overseeding allows you to add strength and volume to it without having to grow it from scratch.
New grass fills up the space between the old thin grass giving your lawn a denser look and texture.
But there are a few tips that would help you yield better results from reseeding.
- Sow new grass seeds during fall and spring for cool-season lawns
- For warm-season lawns, sow the seeds in late spring.
- When selecting the seeds, keep the climate of your region in mind. And get the variety that suits the environment of your place.
- If you have a shade-lawn, then make sure the seeds you use are of shade-tolerant grass.
3. Shade Lawn Treatment
If you have a lawn that inhibits sunlight from reaching the grass, then grow shade-tolerant grass.
Many homeowners forget this crucial piece of information. In a shade-lawn, the kind of grass that would easily survive is shade-tolerant grass-like Red Fescue.
Red Fescue is of the cold season variety of grass, and it only needs plenty of moisture until its seedlings have adequately emerged.
After sufficiently growing up, red fescue can survive in rough environmental conditions including lack of air and light.
Fertilizers act as food for plants. If they don’t get enough of it, the chances of them withering are higher.
But supplying overabundant quantities of fertilizers is also not the right way of fertilizing your grass.
Apart from applying the correct amount of manure, leaving it for absorption is also vital.
Watering your grass immediately after you have used the fertilizer may wash away the nutrients.
Therefore, make sure to let the compost absorb into the grass before drenching it in water.
5. Treat grass Diseases
Infestations and diseases can damage the quality of grass and affect its volume.
IT would help if you took measures to prevent viruses or bacteria from infecting your grass.
Here are four preventative measures that can help you avoid encounters with uninvited critters in your lawn.
- Aerate your lawn regularly to open up the soil. It will allow pesticides to reach deep into the ground.
- Don’t apply fertilizers that are low in nitrogen content in extreme weathers (that hinder the grass growth)
- Don’t mow your grass when it’s wet.
- Regularly clean your grass and remove dead foliage because it becomes home to pests.
When you are choosing the grass seeds to sow into your lawn soil, make sure you use the disease-resistant variety.
If (and when) you spot any fungal infection sprouting up, tackle it immediately.
The most common signs of a fungal infection are white powdery patches. Fungal patches could also be orange or black.
If you see them, collect them and don’t let them spread any further.
Proper watering is vital for lush grass returns.
When you sow grass seeds to get good quality grass, you cannot forget about watering them regularly.
Seed germination requires a lot of moisture to sprout up.
Therefore, a gardener has to irrigate grass fields as much as possible until seedlings emerge.
Ideally, a growing grass field must get one-inch water per week.
But make sure to divide it into multiple installments so that you don’t inundate the soil. That could be potentially more damaging in some cases.
7. Proper Mowing
Mowing is an essential aspect of gardening. Sporadic mowing is vital for your lawn’s health.
But you cannot mow your lawn haphazardly. That could affect the growth of your grass.
First of all, when you set out to mow your lawn, make sure the grass isn’t wet. Mowing wet grass can lead to pest infestation.
Secondly, when mowing, mow in all directions to get a lush lawn.
Make sure your mower isn’t rustic or old. Proper mowing equipment also plays a crucial role in the process of mowing.
If your mower is old, be sure to get a new one.
Sometimes the mower isn’t old; it just requires some TLC.
Give it a good overhauling and it would be good as new.
Check the blades, they should be sharp and cut through your grass immediately.
8. Eliminate Weeds
If your lawn has weed, it’s not going to get the necessary resources it needs.
Weed species take up most of the nutrients supplied to the grass.
When you eliminate weeds from your lawn, you get rid of the competition for nutrients.
As a result, your grass gets plenty of nutrients and resources, which help it grow thicker and greener.
Weed is your grass’s nemesis. If you want a healthier lawn, you should apply herbicides before there are even any signs of weed.
Pre-fall is the best season for dealing with weeds.
9. Sow Grass Seeds evenly
The idea behind planting seeds is to get even coverage that yields luxuriant grass returns.
To achieve that, you must plant your grass seeds strategically. Firstly you need to prepare the soil.
Make sure its grub-free and healthy enough to provide enrichment to the future grass.
Once you are sure about the soil quality, check the seeds you have gotten for your lawn.
They must be good quality, disease-resistant seeds.
We’d recommend you take two varieties of thick grass seeds and mix them.
If you sow two types of grass seeds, it will increase the probability of getting a packed return.
Once you have chosen the right kind of seeds, sprinkle them across the growing field at right angles.
Make sure you start from one side and move to the other.
And plant the seeds in two batches, spreading one batch at a time and then the other.
After you have sprinkled the first batch, spread the second batch of seeds in the opposite direction of the first one.
This strategy will allow you to cover the field as evenly as possible.
Even distribution of the seeds will get you a thriving lawn.
How can you prevent getting a thinner lawn?
Prevention is better than cure. If you start right, you will not have to take measures to make your grass thicker.
That’s not to say, you will never come across thin grass, but the chances of growing flat grass will reduce.
Here is how you can prevent getting a thin lawn.
- First and foremost, don’t just sprinkle grass seeds, sprinkle some TLC as well. Take proper care of your lawn from the start to get better results.
- Regularly mow your lawn with up-to-date equipment.
- Supply your lawn good quality nutrients. That is, use top-quality fertilizers.
- If your lawn is dry, water it regularly to add life to it.
- When cutting grass, don’t remove more than 1/3 of its height.
- Apply herbicides to prevent any unwanted growth from occurring.
Now that you know what you need to do to get a thick lawn, it’s up to you when you do it.
You can incorporate these steps into your weekly routine or include them in your weekend’s quick maintenance sessions.
But as long as you take the necessary steps, you will get results.
If you think you can’t take care of your lawn the way you need to, you can hire a professional gardener who would do the job for you.
And now, since you know what needs to be done when looking after a lawn, you can keep a check on the hired professional’s work.
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