Do you dream about a perfect green lawn that your neighbors envy? If you’re a DIYer and desire a weed-free lawn, then you came to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn how to create the perfect lawn that’s green, dense, and hardly has any weeds in it.
How to Create the Perfect Lawn
If you want to create the perfect lawn, you need to understand your grass yard. For example, a perfect green lawn starts in the soil. So, you first need to get a soil test to check for any deficiencies.
You can purchase soil tests online, at your favorite box stores, such as Lowe’s and the Home Depot, or your independent garden center.
Your local extension office can provide a soil test that you return for results. Usually, it costs around $25 for your local extension office to test your soil.
Your soil test results will tell you what nutrients are missing in the soil as well as the pH. You want a balanced pH so the grass lawn can take up nutrients from the ground. You want to replenish those missing nutrients to help grass growing thick and green.
Next, you can get to work creating the perfect lawn.
Five Steps to a Perfect Lawn
When you finish with the soil test, you completed the first task for creating the perfect lawn. Next, you need to purchase quality grass seed, a fertilizer that meets your soil’s current nutrient needs, as well as lime or gypsum, to correct the pH.
How to get a perfect, green lawn starts in the fall for those with cool season grasses and in the spring for warm season grasses.
Here are five steps to a perfect lawn:
- You need to know what kind of grass grows in your lawn, such as warm season grasses or cool season grasses. You also need to take into consideration the different microclimates on your property. For example, shady areas need a shade-tolerant blend while sunny areas need a full-sun seed mix.
- Core aerate and dethatch your grass yard. You use an aerator to pull up small plugs of soil to core aerate your property. Your aerator will also help dethatch your lawn, or you can use a dethatcher for that job.
- Once you open up the ground with core aeration, it’s time to add fertilizer and soil amendments, such as gypsum or lime. Use a push spreader or tow spreader to disperse fertilizer and soil amendments evenly.
- Next, you need to add quality seed. Don’t scrimp on grass seed. Poor quality turf seed has weed seeds in it. If you’re aiming for the perfect lawn, you want to invest in quality grass seed. Don’t be afraid to use the name brand.
You should tamp down the grass seed to make good contact with the soil. Lawn rollers help you to push down grass seed to make that connection.
- Lightly water your lawn every day until you start to see shoots push up out of the ground. At the beginning of your reseeded yard, you need to give the grass a light sprinkling up to 1” deep of water.
Once seedlings pop up through the soil, you can back off watering to every other day or so. Remember, rainfall counts.
How to Get a Perfect, Green Lawn with Regular Maintenance
The first part of the steps to a perfect lawn focused on rehabilitating the soil and overseeding. Now, the second part of how to create the perfect lawn starts with regular property maintenance.
- Regular fertilization
- Weed controls
- Training your dog to go potty in one spot
- More core aeration, dethatching, and overseeding.
Again, you want to fertilize your lawn regularly based on the type of grass growing in your yard. For example, you want to fertilize in fall and spring for cool season grasses and fertilize warm season grasses in spring and summer.
You also want to use a slow release fertilizer that releases nutrients over three months. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient that your grass yard needs.
Don’t think using more fertilizer is better than what the bag says. Too much nitrogen can burn your grass as well as leach into storm drains and into your local waterways.
When you mow, only take the top third off each grass blade. Your grass will grow denser and crowd out weeds when it’s allowed to grow longer. Plus, you’ll save money on watering and herbicides. Bottom line: Your lawn grass will be healthier when it’s longer.
Keep mower blades razor sharp. Most homeowners get away with sharpening their mower blades once per season. When your grass looks ratty after a mow, you know it’s time to sharpen those blades.
Next, use pre-emergent weed control in early spring and again in the fall to keep grassy weeds, like crabgrass, at bay. However, if you plan to overseed, don’t put down pre-emergent because it’ll stop your lawn grass from germinating too.
In late spring, you’ll want to put down broadleaf herbicides to stop dandelions, clover, and henbit from growing in your yard.
Save your lawn from multiple brown spots by training Fido to go potty in one place. You can create a doggie toilet area using mulch and taking your dog to that one spot. Don’t forget to reward Fido for a job well done.
Finally, you’ll need to aerate, dethatch, and overseed to maintain a perfect lawn. Again, you do these lawn tasks based on the type of grass growing in your yard—cool season grasses in the fall and warm season grasses in the spring.
Typically, core aeration is done every other year, while dethatching and overseeding can be done once a year.
How Brinly’s Lawn Care and Garden Attachments Help You Create the Perfect Lawn
At Brinly Hardy, we design and manufacture lawn care attachments to help you create a perfect green lawn.
You can find our products online or at your favorite big-box retailer. If you can’t find a Brinly lawn care attachment near you, contact our customer service at 877-728-8224 or fill out our contact form.
Lowes.com, “8 Easy Tips for the Perfect Lawn.”
Pennington.com, “How to Grow a Thicker Lawn and Keep It.”