Getting the Greenest Lawn On the Block


Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in landscaping | Posted on 28-01-2013

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frontCurb appeal – the general attractiveness of a property from the sidewalk.

Often used by Realtors during a home’s evaluation, it’s also used by opinionated neighbors who are dedicated to the value of the community. One of the best ways to maintain curb appeal is a great lawn.

Don’t assume grass is simply grass, as there are a variety of types grown.

Several factors, such as climate, are to be considered when picking the type of grass to maintain. For cooler climates…

  • Bentgrasses
  • Bluegrasses
  • Fescues

… work the best.

Warmer climates will benefit from:

  • Bermudagrass
  • Centipedegrass
  • St. Augustinegrass

Other factors such as foot traffic, shading, and costs are to be researched before selecting grass type.

To be the greenest (and greatest) lawn on the block takes work, but the following tips will help.

Don’t over fertilize

Yes, fertilizing is a necessity, however there is a limit.

Fertilizing will help the grass grow faster, but it will also attract insects and make the grass more vulnerable to disease. Do this once a year between October and November to promote growth during the cold months where the blades stop growing beneath the soil.

Use slow-releasing fertilizer for best results (or organic for eco-friendly homeowners)

Mow on high

Taller grass = healthy grass.

It will keep soil cool and moist, and shade out weed seeds to prevent growth. With moist soil, nutrients will be produced and encourage the grass to spread into bare spots. Also, avoid mowing in the same direction as it will cause ruts in the lawn.

Say NO to pesticides

It will kill the nutrients your grass needs, plus the earthworms you need to keep your soul rich.

Water For Long Periods

Instead of frequent watering, as plants underground can remain alive and dormant for months. It’s better to deeply penetrate the lawn for an hour per week, versus a few minutes every day.

Remove Weeds

As soon as they appear (the cute dandelions too!) get rid of them. Dig down and get the root of the weed, as the root will continue growth year round.

Add Lime

To combat acid rain throughout the year, sprinkle liquid lime into the soil.

Remember, healthy grass is tougher to succumb to damage. Let the envy begin.

This post was written by Philippe Allaire, a home owner and expert on home renovations with 15 years experience under his belt, from gardens to drywall, we can accomplish your project together.