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Easy Essentials for Great Green Grass

by Laura Horwitz, All About Lawns Columnist

Want green grass, but you don't want to spend huge amounts of money for professional lawn care or enormous amounts of your own time on lawn maintenance? Here’s what you do.

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Green Grass: Must Haves

In order for green grass to grow, it needs sunlight, water, and the proper nutrients. Makes sense, right? But it also needs to have the correct soil.

One of the best soil types for grass is loam: 40% silt, 40% sand, 20% clay, ideally. This soil is loose enough that the roots of the grass can spread and grow, yet the clay helps to absorb water so your lawn can thrive.

You also want to check the pH rating of your soil. The perfect pH varies with grass type, but should generally be around 6.5 or 7.

Finally, it helps to start with the proper grass type for your climate, as this gives it a much better chance of staying healthy and green. All the lawn maintenance in the world may not be able to salvage a cool season grass planted in a warm climate. Nurseries and garden centers can help you pick out the best grass type for your area.

Green Grass: Must NOT Haves

You need to keep your lawn free from disease, pests, and weeds. If you get a lot of weeds, then it's a sign your grass it too weak and unable to crowd out the weeds itself. This could be from lack of nutrients, water-logged soil, or mowing it too short.

To combat pests or disease you may need insecticides or fungicides. Again, ask at a garden center for more specifics on what to use for the best lawn care in your area.


About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

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