on June 3, 2013 by TruGreenAsk any homeowner what they want in a lawn, and they’ll probably say it should look good and be easy to care for—but they’ll also probably say it’s hard to know the best way to get green grass. It takes the right balance of services to achieve that healthy, green lawn you’ll love. Weed control, irrigation, fertilizer, and a little specialized knowledge can help make the difference.
how to get green grass
- Weeds. Both annual and perennial weeds can be turf troublemakers. Perennials can survive underground through the winter and resprout to pose a threat to your grass once spring arrives. Annuals can germinate at different times of year when preemergents aren’t traditionally used, making it difficult to destroy them without harming your desired lawn grasses at the same time.
- Water. Any yard that experiences dry weather for extended periods—especially in the summer—needs irrigation to support a healthy lawn. Ideally, irrigation should wet the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches, the level at which most turf roots grow. Most grasses will need 1-2 inches of water each week, with greater requirements in hot, dry, or windy weather.
- Nutrients. Fertilizing with the proper balance of nutrients is essential to the maintenance of a vibrant, green lawn. The three main ingredients in most fertilizers—nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium—are mixed in different proportions based on the fertilizer. The ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus to potassium appears as a series of three numbers (for example, 4-1-2) on each bag of fertilizer. In addition, understanding your fertilizer’s nitrogen release rate will help create healthy, green grass over the long term rather than creating long, “leggy” grasses that are unhealthy and turn brown quickly.
seasonal tips: how to get a green lawn in any season
- Spring: Using preemergent in the spring can help deter weeds that would out-compete your turf later in the year if given the chance. Start early to keep your grasses healthy all year long.
- Summer: As temperatures rise, keeping your turf well watered is the best way to achieve green grass that withstands the heat. If you can, water early in the day, before the sun is high. This avoids stressing your grass and will allow the blades time to dry before dark to discourage diseases that flourish in damp conditions. Evening watering is safe if your lawn is healthy.
- Fall: Aerate soils, prune trees, and replace struggling plants in the fall to give things a leg up for spring. Feed your lawn in the fall to prepare for a healthy spring. Try the TruGreen® TruNaturalSM Lawn Plan, a 100% natural, organic option.
- Winter Rest: Cold season preparation leads to a lush lawn in the upcoming year. Winter is a good time to mulch around landscape plants and flower beds. Wait until all leaves from surrounding trees and shrubs have fallen, and bury the leaves under the mulch. Fertilize cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue, giving them nutrition to produce new roots and leaves and recover from summer stress.
Want to know more about the best way to get green grass? Talk to the experts. A TruGreen PhD-certified specialist can help. Once you sign up for a TruGreen lawn care plan, your specialist will conduct a Healthy Lawn Analysis® that identifies exactly what your lawn needs to reach its fullest potential. That information is used to further tailor a plan that will help you achieve a lawn you’ll love all year round.To learn more about how to get green grass, visit TruGreen.com, or call 866.688.6722 today.