The previous owners put new sod down before they put the house up for sale. Besides the fact that the ground wasn't evened out before laying down the grass I was grateful the dead grass was replaced.
Even with the new sod, it seemed that every Spring we struggled to get our grass green. It really was greener on the other side :0). Ours would be the last to turn green but it was always this pretty, limey shade.
Over the years, you'd see me standing on the grass trying to figure out the kinks. If it wasn't the issue with limey green grass, it was dead spots, weeds, or bugs. I'd try to water out dead spots for hours while my neighbors watched. I've taken tools and poked holes in the strips that were completely dead. A simple "you've got bugs" or any other hint would have been nice thank you.
I began watching those with green, luscious grass so I could see what they were doing right and here are the things I've learned:
Fertilize in MARCH. March is the key. (We were always, always late on this)
And once again in the Fall
Spread bug killer or grubs will leave dead spots when they've eaten the roots.
Anyone have these suckers? Yup from my own yard....pretty but unwanted.
Chris has found fertilizer with weed killer in it. Yay. It helps out tons.
We still have some weeds regardless and that is when we get on our hands and knees and pick them out with this tool:
I've seen all green grass (without weeds) owners do it; I don't have to be ashamed. There really is no other way.
Don't mow too short. Longer grass keeps the moisture in better.
And this year I've discovered the best secret of all when I saw my next door neighbor tackling his grass with it:
This tool. I comb all the dead grass out. It works like a charm, opens the ground for the fertilizer to sink in. Work?!! Definitely....at least a few hours of it and a few days of physical recovery....totally worth it and a little addicting.
So there you have it: My pretty, limey, green grass (I hope it stays that way). It's darker this year and I love it. Now if I could just get my lawn mower operator to get back in town to mow it.......three weeks in Jackson one more to go. :0)