I was over my neighbors house helping him out with his brutal but fixable lawn. He looked at me baffled and confused, and yelled at me how do I get a thick green lawn like yours. I told him too calm down and insured him it was gonna be okay.
The way to a thick green lawn is not a difficult or a simple solution. It takes a lot of patients and a little know how(Rome wasn’t built in a day).
First you need to get a soil test. Then you need too aerate your lawn. Thirdly add all the soil amendments your lawn need from your soil test. Now its time to fertilize, the lawn is ready to eat.
Are you cutting your grass at least weekly. So with good everyday practices it can happen slowly but surely in these five steps I will go more in depth how we can get a thick green lawn.
Why You Need A Soil Test
When you have a horrible lawn the first thing you need to do is get a soil test, I can’t stress enough the importance of a soil test it will make or break your lawn. Without knowing what your lawn need is like walking blind folded, you will not know where to go or what you are seeing
A soil test is the first basic of having a great lawn. Do you known how much N-P-K nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium you need, a soil test will tell you that.
What about your pH,is it low you may need lime because that would stunt growth or is it high then you need sulfur that would keep your lawn from getting a nice green color.
We also need too know about all the micro and macro nutrients like iron, calcium,magnesium,sodium,zinc,copper,baron,and other trace elements.There are a lot of place you can get a soil test from I like to use Logan Labs their an online company that does a great job.
They have easy to follow direction on their web-site at loganlabs.com
Time To Aerate
Since you got your soil test now its time too aerate your lawn. You can rent a lawn aerator machine and do it yourself and let it kick your butt,or you can have a lawn care company do it for you it should not be that expensive about 50 to 100 bucks is how much it cost where I’m from.
If it was me I recommend doing it a different way and that’s with liquid aeration,its so easy and simple and very cost effective.
All you need is a hose-end sprayer mix with some water and use it every two or 4 weeks and your golden you will see result in your second or third application, its amazing no holes poked in the ground and it will open up your soil like you would not believe.
The brand I recommend is from simple lawn solution look them up online should be easy to find. Or you can do it the old fashion way it works great also in my experience I think liquid aeration is better.
Soil Amendments is Very Important
Now you got the soil test and you got your lawn aerated.Now what you need is to add all the soil amendments too your lawn. This is like when you was a kid and your parents tell you to eat your vegetables and take your vitamins they will make you healthier this is what the soil amendments will do for your lawn it will give you a strong system over time.
Adding extra nutrients like organic matter too your lawn is essential too having a thick lawn. Compost or humic acid, and sea kelp, will build an unbelievable soil structure that will be unmatched if you use it on a monthly basis it can give you that beautiful humus type look and earthy smell that everybody’s looking for in their soil.
I use to use compost religiously every year sometimes twice a year and it does a great job. The only problem it broke my back. I use to have to use a wheel barrow and a shovel it was a good workout but you felt it in the morning.
Then I found a new method it’s so much easier, you see I’m all about working smarter not harder. Humic acid, fulvic acid and sea kelp does some of the same things that compost do.
They help build your soil up so your grass roots can grow and get thicker in return giving you a thicker greener lawn. If ,you want too know more about humic acid and kelp click here.
Humic acid, fulvic acid and sea kelp comes in a liquid state. You can buy it that way or you can buy the powder kind and mix water too it. Then spray it on your lawn its that simple the more application you use the better your soil will get.
Fertilizer Is the Meat and Potatoes
Fertilizer is the key element to get a thick green lawn. It’s the meat and potatoes of the soil and grass,it puts weight on your grass blades and make them thicker and bigger like meat and potatoes would do for us as humans.
Neglect this step and your grass will never get thick or very green it’s that simple. Fertilizer key ingredient is nitrogen that’s what makes the grass that deep green color.
Phosphorus is important for the root growth and grass development and potassium fights of disease of your lawn they are known as N-P-K and they are essential for your grass to get thick and green.
There are all kinds of fertilizer some come with just N-P-K and some come with a bunch of micros and macros nutrients added too them they are known as a well-balanced fertilizer and I favor them over just a simple N-P-K fertilizer, because they feed the soil, but anyone is better than nothing.
There are two types of form of fertilizer you have granular which is a solid fertilizer that has to be sprinkled on your grass or mixed in your soil. Liquid fertilizer is water soluble and can be mixed with water.
They both have their advantage and disadvantage.I like them both but liquid fertilizer works quicker because it goes directly to the grass and the soil to feed both of them.
Coverage is better with a liquid fertilizer, you can spray and get coverage over your lawn with ease.
Granular fertilizer is the opposite of liquid you have to use a spreader and it might not cover every area. You also have to water your lawn or let mother nature do what she does so the pellets can get in your soil then your grass get fed by the soil.
Either way this step is important which ever way you choose to go just take action.
If your interested I have a best of list of liquid fertilizer 2020 click here for the link.
Make Sure You Cut Your Lawn Weekly
I known I keep saying every step is important but they all are, if you did everything up to this step and you didn’t cut your grass every week it would look a mess and it wouldn’t be thick or green just wild looking and you don’t want that.
Cutting your grass actually is what make your grass get thicker,the more you cut it when it’s actively growing.the more it gets fuller and it doesn’t matter if it’s a cool season grass or a warm season grass it’s the same principal.
You need too cut it at least once a week sometimes it need to be cut twice a week depending on how well it growing the more the better if you want a thick lawn.
Rinse and Repeat
Okay give yourself a pat on the back if you do the step I outlined above you gonna be on your way to get a green and thick lawn. I’ts all about repetition stay on a schedule.Get your soil test to see how your soil is doing.
Aerate your lawn,I never mention this but if your lawn is very bare you can add some grass seeds too your lawn, but if its still a lot of grass their you might want to hold off and get your soil together and feed your lawn especially if you got warm season grass,they grow on their on without seeding.
If, you got cool season grass then you can throw some seed down in the fall I really don’t recommend doing it in spring unless its just bare all over then you can add some grass seed.
Next put your soil amendments on your lawn they will help gets your soil to a healthy state you might have to use them every month or sooner its’s only going help. Then it’s time to fertilize to make your lawn grow like crazy.
Make sure you cut your grass every week don’t’ get lazy on this part if you can’t do it,gets your kids or a lawn company too cut it if it’s in your budget. Oh I almost forgot you have to water your grass it gonna be thirsty at least 1 too 1.5 inch a week, maybe more if it’s piping hot outside, water is king.
If you follow all these steps like my neighbor did I’m confident you won’t be yelling at me like he did how to get a thick green lawn.