How to Grow Thick Grass (with Pictures)

Unless we plan to farm our land or if we have a forest, most of us face the task of growing healthy beautiful green grass over much of our property. It does not happen overnight, but with the proper knowledge and subsequent care, our lawns can stay green in spite of drought and other poor growing conditions.

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How to Make Grass Green & ThickerHow to Get a Deep Green GrassStep 1

Mowing at the right blade height is crucial in growing a healthy lawn. We all see people riding around their dry lawns with their lawn tractor blades set on the lowest height just chopping down their grass plants that are already struggling to live. It is no wonder that most yards dry up in the heat of the summer. Grass is a plant that needs to collect sunlight on its blades to grow. The more we cut the plant, the less surface for photosynthesis and the slower the growth. In the spring, during heavy growth, set your blade to cut at about 2 1/2 inches. During the summer when the rains slow down and the sun bears down, set the blade to its highest setting or to about 3 inches at the least.

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How to Grow Grass in a Desert Climate

A desert landscape for your yard is called a xeriscape. While it looks great from the street or the backyard window, you may want to include a small grassy area for the kids to play on or for the dog. Most xeriscape materials include crushed granite as the ground cover, and it’s not a comfortable or safe surface for kids and pets. You can grow grass in a desert climate by choosing the right kind and planting it when the season is right. Enjoy the benefits of a green, soft carpet of grass without using too much water.

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How to Sod a Lawn

Your lawn will look better and last longer if you prepare the site well before you start sodding, clear away all weeds and debris, and firm and level the soil. Sodding is more expensive than sowing, but provided you look after the newly laid lawn, it will become usable more quickly – usually within two months. It is less likely than a seeded lawn to be damaged or uprooted early on. Still for all the advantages of sodding to pay off then a little preparation and planning is necessary.

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How to Prepare to Lay SodHow to Prepare Soil for Sod Grass

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Choose a time to sod. Sod can be laid at almost any time of year, but try to avoid very dry or very wet spells and prolonged periods of high or low temperatures. Choose a time when the soil is moist, so that the grasses root well, but not too wet or the roots may rot off. An ideal time is when rain is forecast, since the newly-laid sod will then be watered in well without any effort on your part.

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How to Clean Up Your Backyard (with Pictures)

Just as a quick vacuum and pick-up improves the appeal of the inside of your home, cleaning the backyard can make it more welcoming. Start with clearing trash and debris before you move on to lawn and garden maintenance and larger projects.

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How to Clean Up Your Yard for SpringHow to Clear an Overgrown Backyard

Whether it’s old soda cans blown out of the recycling bin or candy wrappers left by neighborhood kids, mess has a way of accumulating in the backyard. The first step in tidying up is a simple "clean sweep." Start at one end of the backyard and work your way across. Pick up trash and broken tree branches. Recycle plastics and metals. You may also wish to move objects — such as a play house or kiddie pool — that will kill the grass underneath if left in one place too long.

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When Is the Best Time to Fertilize Grass?

Proper lawn care is essential to keeping your lawn growing strong and healthy. Along with proper planting and watering, grass needs to be fertilized during its growing season. Grass can deplete the nutrients from the soil very quickly, and while it can still grow, it will not be as vigorous or healthy. This can also lead to disease.

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When to Fertilize Grass in the Spring?When to Apply Scotts Fertilizer to a Lawn?

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Fertilize in late spring. Spread your choice of fertilizer when the soil has warmed and the grass is in an active growing stage. Some experts recommend mowing your lawn 3 to 5 times before attempting to add fertilizer.

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