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Growing Green Grass

Your lawn is an extension of yourself as a homeowner. Looking out over a yard that is dead, patchy, and unkempt looking can cause stress and anxiety. You don't want to be the only home on your block that doesn't have a lush, thriving lawn! You may assume that the yard your home sits on is unchangeable. However, there are many ways that you can grow grass that will be the talk of your neighborhood. It will also provide you an extra boost of confidence as a property owner!

When working to grow grass that is the greenest on the block, you'll want to check a few things off your to-do list:

  1. Identify the type of grass your lawn is made of
  2. Test the health of your soil
  3. Understand macronutrients and how they can help you grow grass
  4. Choose fertilizer wisely: liquid lawn nutrients vs. granular fertilizers
  5. Mow your lawn
  6. Practice proper seasonal lawn care
  7. Hydrate!

Figure Out What Type of Grass You Have

Ask any homeowner what type of grass they have, and they will likely look at you with a blank stare. Many homeowners have never thought this question through and thus have no idea what kind of grass is growing in their front and back yards. This can make lawn care difficult, as not all grass requires the same type of care. Rather than trying lawn care processes at random, identify your grass first! It will save you time and trouble and get you a super lush lawn you can be proud of.

The region of the country that you live in will give you your first clues as to your yard's particular grass type. The southern part of the United States is a perfect environment for you to grow grass referred to as warm-season grass. Those in the northern United States grow grass regarded as cold-season grass. If you are in the middle of the country, also known as the Transition Zone, it's quite likely that your lawn is made up of a variety of grass types.

 All About Soil Health

Now that you know that your lawn may grow grass that is warm-season, cold-season, or somewhere in between, you'll next need to test your soil's health. A yard that does not have the right makeup of nutrients won't provide the kind of conditions your grass needs to grow healthy and green. 

 Know Your Macronutrients

The secret to growing the greenest grass in your neighborhood is macronutrients. For proper lawn care, the three most essential macronutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.  These nutrients are referred to as NPK on lawn care products and within blogs like this one. The combination of these three lawn nutrients is what gives your lawn its beautiful green hue and lush quality. 

Each macronutrient in the NPK combination does something specific to bring your lawn to its greenest potential.

  • Nitrogen (N): By far the most important of the three lawn nutrients, nitrogen gives your lawn its color and ensures that it grows strong and healthy. Lawns that are suffering from nitrogen deficiency often appear patchy and thin, are overgrown with weeds, and may even show signs of disease. One of the easiest ways to tell if your grass could use a nitrogen boost is to monitor the number of grass clippings you get after mowing your lawn. If you start to see the amount decrease, a dose of nitrogen is absolutely in order!
  • Phosphorus (P): Phosphorus works below the surface of your lawn, stimulating root growth. It also works to keep your roots healthy, thus contributing to the overall health and appearance of your yard. If you are seeding your lawn, it is essential to introduce phosphorus at this stage. It will ensure that your roots have the right nutrients they need from the beginning of growth. A quick test for phosphorus will tell you whether you need to introduce more phosphorus into the soil.
  • Potassium (K): Potassium is vital to the internal workings of your lawn. At the cellular level, it facilitates photosynthesis, protein production, and water absorption, all of which are critical to the health and growth of your lawn. As your lawn's cellular walls become stronger, your yard is less likely to fall victim to drought or disease. Its role in strengthening root growth means it assists your yard in absorbing the other two macronutrients necessary for a healthy, green lawn.

 Fertilizer

When searching for the right fertilizer for your yard, it's essential to keep in mind that not all fertilizers are created equal. Depending on the type of grass you can grow, the soil quality of your yard, and the level of macronutrients already present, you will want to choose a fertilizer accordingly.

Some lawns respond well to liquid lawn nutrients, while others prefer granular lawn fertilizers. But how can you tell which option is right for you? There are a few things to consider when choosing between liquid lawn nutrients or granular lawn fertilizers. First, let's talk specifics!

Liquid fertilizers are concentrated amounts of liquid lawn nutrients that can be added to water and create a thoroughly nourishing mixture for your front and back yards. The nutrients in this solution are absorbed quickly into the roots of your grass. On the other hand, granular lawn fertilizers are solid dry pellets that you scatter across your property. This method of fertilization is a slow-acting one. Whether you choose liquid or granular fertilizer, they will both contain the NPK you need to grow grass that will make you proud.

Liquid lawn nutrients are by far the easiest to apply to your lawn, as you'll be watering your yard with a liquid fertilizer. Using a hose, spray your yard evenly, making sure not to create puddles of liquid. An even spray will ensure that your entire lawn reaps the benefits of the fertilizer and will keep nasty weeds from popping up. You must be more careful when applying granular fertilizer to your yard. It is much more challenging to ensure that you have evenly coated your lawn if you are spreading fertilizer by hand. Try using a measuring cup to ensure that you are spreading evenly.

 In our opinion, liquid lawn nutrients are by far the safer choice for ease and consistency of application. Simple Lawn Solutions 16-4-8 Complete Balanced NPK is perfect for any grass type. Designed to boost your lawn's green & growth, it will also provide energy for root support, health, and strength. 

The Importance of Mowing

The most fundamental aspect of lawn care is consistently mowing your lawn. While you may be tempted to cut your grass super short, you should leave your grass slightly longer than you may expect. When left high enough, the grass can grow a healthier root system. The longer blades can provide shade to the lower parts of each stalk, which also trap and preserve moisture closer to the roots.

Regular mowing will keep your grass looking full and healthy. Weekly mowing is best if you live in an area of consistent rainfall, which can help you grow grass more quickly. In dryer parts of the country, you will not need to mow quite as frequently.

Proper Seasonal Lawn Care

Depending on the season, you will need to take different lawn care steps to ensure that your grass remains green and healthy. Autumn will require you to practice the most intensive lawn care in preparation for your grass to fall dormant during the winter. Leaves will carpet your yard, so you will want to rake consistently to avoid moisture becoming trapped under the leaves and breeding disease.

Next, you'll want to break up soil compaction through aeration! Our yards put up with a lot of pressure throughout the year. You'll spend a ton of time pushing your mower across your lawn to keep your grass at the correct height. Your pets and other wildlife will run across your property. Children will spend time playing in the front and back yard. All the pressure that mowing, animals, and family exert on the ground will cause the soil to become more densely packed. Compacted soil makes it more difficult for roots to grow and prevents essential lawn nutrients, such as NPK, from reaching and nourishing the roots. Soil that requires aeration will look stressed, will have lost its healthy green color, and will start to look thinner. The ground will also feel dry and hard to the touch.

To aerate your lawn, try Simple Lawn Solutions Liquid Aerating Soil Loosener. This conditioning soil treatment allows moisture to move through your soil in a vertical direction. It will prevent soil crusting, reduce hardpan, and minimize compaction in your yard. 

During the spring, you'll want to wait until your soil and grass have come to life a bit before starting any serious lawn care. Your first step will be to break out your rake and collect all the leftover leaves, twigs, and other detritus that have been trapped under snow or ice during the winter. You won't grow grass you can be proud of with a lawn covered in leftover leaves!

You'll want to get yourself back on a regular watering schedule as well. When your grass begins to grow after lying dormant all winter, the roots will require deep, thorough hydration to remain healthy. Finally, check your front and back yard for any bare patches of soil. Fill them in with grass seed to ensure that you grow grass in even sections. 

 The summer is a time for your grass to shine! To grow grass that is healthy and lush during the warm months, you'll need to stick with a consistent schedule of watering, mowing, and fertilizing. In the summer, you'll need to be vigilant for signs of drought, which will require you to hydrate your lawn more deeply. 

Hydrate Your Yard's Roots

Providing liquid lawn nutrients to your yard is a must for overall root health.  This is no substitute for good old-fashioned H2O! Except during winter, when your lawn lies dormant, you'll want to water your yard consistently to ensure maximum health and growth.

 You may be thinking, "the more water, the better," when considering how much to water your lawn. We at Simple Lawn Solutions are here to tell you that deeply watering your lawn is more important than how frequently you do it. Your yard will need at least 1-2 inches of water every week, either through rainfall or your watering during dryer months. Deeply watering your lawn, especially after you have aerated the soil, will allow water to reach to the deepest roots. Overwatering your lawn can end up breeding fungus, disease, or even death if your roots drown.

Our Favorite Products for Green Grass

By now, you are an expert on lawn care. You know what type of grass is growing in your yard. You know how to maintain your lawn during different seasons and which macronutrients to look out for when choosing granular fertilizer or liquid lawn nutrients. Even the savviest homeowner could use a little advice on which products to buy to grow grass that really stands out. We’ve picked a few of our favorites to round out your lawn care regimen:

  • Lawn Booster: Intense Green Booster - This liquid lawn nutrient solution combines nitrogen, iron, and other micronutrients to enhance the green hue of your dull lawn. This solution works great with any grass type and can be used year-round.
  • Root Hume: Raw Organic Humic Fulvic Acid - You’ll grow grass like never before with this solution! This highly concentrated form of liquid carbon encourages the uptake of nitrogen, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Root Hume is capable of retaining soil nutrients in an exchangeable form to be made available for plant growth as required.
  • Lawn Food: 3-18-18 High Phosphorus and Potassium - One of the best liquid lawn nutrients blends we offer, this 3-18-18 solution increases the mobility of phosphates, resulting in top growth and root growth while providing key nutrients for a healthier, stronger lawn.

 We at Simple Lawn Solutions are here to help your grass flourish no matter what! Check out our blog for more information about proper lawn care, essential lawn nutrients, and more!

 



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