Green Thumb Secrets for a Great Lawn
If you want a lawn that will
make your neighbors green with envy, follow these important rules:
1) Choose the right grasses. The right grass for your yard will depend
upon your climate, conditions, and soil. Talk to your nursery expert
about the best choices. In general, cool-season grasses survive harsh
winters but tend to suffer during summer months; warm-season grasses
thrive in summer sun but go dormant during the winter--and turn brown
in below-freezing temperatures.
2) Water appropriately. It's better to water deeply to encourage
root growth instead of watering frequently. There are not hard-and-fast
rules about how often to water. When the surface soil feels dry to
the touch, it's time to water.
3) Fertilize. Apply a nitrogen fertilizer in late spring
and summer and be sure to water thoroughly. Fertilize cool-season grasses
throughout fall and spring. Again, ask a local nursery person about
4) Mow properly. Don't let the grass grow too long; mow it
when it reaches about one third taller than its optimum height.