Learn How to Grow Greener Grass With These 12 Pearls of Wisdom
1. Don’t mow wet grass. You’ll leave giant
clumps of sodden clippings where they’ll smother
the grass beneath. Not only that, it’ll carpet the
underside of your mower deck with a thick mat.
2. Set your spreader at half the recommended
dosage and treat the lawn twice from
opposite directions. It’ll take twice as much hoof
work on your part, but you’ll get a more consistent
3. Fill the spreader on the driveway, not
over the grass. Or at least spread a tarp on the
grass to catch spillage. If you have an accident,
you’ll have a nice, big dead spot in your lawn.
4. Accept that you can’t grow grass
everywhere. If you’ve struggled mightily to
grow grass in a shady spot, at some point give it
up and mulch, use a shade-tolerant ground cover
or plan yourself a patio.
5. Give crabgrass a second dose of crabgrass
preventer. About one month after your first
treatment, apply a second to stop the seeds that
survived the first treatment from germinating.
6. Rinse out your spreader every time,
especially after using fertilizer. Fertilizer is
essentially a type of salt. And it eats up any
metal parts it finds.
7. Aerate in the Fall if you have heavy
loam or clay soil. (No need if you have sand.)
Just before you fertilize, rent an aerator and
aerate the lawn from both directions. It will
help loosen the soil and allow the fertilizer to
penetrate deep into the soil.
8. Give your lawn a good flat-top for
winter. Just this one time each year, set your
lawn mower to 1-1/2 to 2 in. and clip it off. That’ll
help retard mold during the winter.
9. Water new seed lightly and twice a
day or more. If you don’t bother keeping the soil
moist over new seed, don’t bother seeding.
Dampen the soil even more often during hot,
windy weather. Keep watering for at least two
weeks and don’t miss any days.
10. Rake up downed leaves in the fall or
those soggy leaves will suffocate the new
sprouts in the spring and leave dead spots all
over your lawn.
11. Choose “slow-release” fertilizers.
Rather than feeding the lawn all at once, this
type allows the lawn to snack over a longer
period. These fertilizers cost a bit more but are
well worth the added expense.
12. Don’t apply too much seed. You should
try to achieve a concentration of about 15 seeds
per square inch. If you exceed this, you’ll have an
overpopulated lawn with too many plants competing
for nutrients and sunlight.