Garden Tips

How to Make My Grass Green

Green grass might be the envy of your lawn deprived neighbors, but there is a wide range of factors which control the color of grass. The grass, season, fertilizers, and regular care are all the factors which depend on the color of the green. Grass goes dominantly in hot or cold weather, depending upon the cool or warm season species.

Grass Species

Grasses are grouped into two type of seasons either the cool or warm. Within each group, some species are greener and darker than others. If you are going to plan a new lawn, then choose a species that is naturally darker in your area. The darkest of the warm season species is the bermudagrass which is hardly in any parts of the world. The low growing grass species which is spread by rhizomes, seeds, and stolons which allow it to fill quickly in the bare spots in the lawn. Grasses are grouped into two types of the season that are warm- or cool. Within each group, some species are darker and greener than others. If you are planting a new lawn, choose a species that is naturally darker. Moreover, take a soil test done to help determine the fertilization schedule. The alternative of the bermudagrass includes the carpetgrass or centipedegrass. These species are less invasive which is referred to as “apple green.” This grass will grow in the bog-like condition where other types of grasses would not survive.

Seasonal Factors

Warm season grasses turn either the tannish brown or yellowish brown during the time of winter. Although tolerant of drought and heat, bermudagrass cannot tolerate shade and turns it brown when the temperature drops below the degree of 55 Fahrenheit. The other type of warm grasses also goes into the dormancy when the weather becomes cold. Moreover, all the grasses will lose their color and turn brownish at the time of drought condition but will recover with time to time in deep watering. Cool season grasses go dormant during the time of hot and dry weather. By planting the improved, heat-tolerant varieties such as ‘Midnight’ and ‘Everest’ and increase watering to keep the soil moist, your cool season will stay green despite being the hot and warm weather.

Water and Fertilizer

All type of grasses requires regular watering to stay green. Deepwater the lawn at least once a week with 2 inches of rain. At the time of warm weather, water at least twice or thrice to prevent dormancy. A minimum fertilization schedule for all the grasses includes leaving the clipping on the lawn after mowing it which will return their nutrients to their soil and apply 1 pound of nitrogen fertilizer for every 1000 square feet in the spring. Add some of the nutrient and micronutrients according to the land and water thoroughly after fertilization. Warm season grasses should be fertilized in early summer and spring to feed the new growth as the weather becomes heated as the warm season grasses require less fertilizer, a total of 2 pounds per 1000 square feet per annum. If the soil test indicates that more fertilizer is needed then apply up to 5 pounds of actual nitrogen per year. To encourage the deepest green in cool-season grasses up to a half pound of nitrogen for 1000 square feet in spring, to a maximum of 5 pounds per year. Apart from this, increase watering in summer to keep the grass greener.

How to Make My Grass Green with General Lawn Care

Mow the grass at a regular period to maintain it at the appropriate height for the species. Using a suitable mower is also essential to make green grass. You must read mower reviews first to make sure get the best lawn mower. Always remember that to not to remove more than 1/3 of grass at each mowing. Do not rake the grass clippings when they are wet and more than 1/3 the height of the grass. Put any of the clippings on the compost pile.

By andrew, ago