5 Tips for a Beautiful Green Lawn

by Alli

Do you dream of a beautiful green lawn?

It’s that time again. Time to get the lawn mower tuned up and ready to ride. Let the lawn mowing begin!

Here in the south, our lawn has already been mowed many times and summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th.

There’s nothing I love better than the smell of freshly mowed grass and having a beautiful, green lawn. It doesn’t happen automatically. I live in what is called the sand hills, so it takes even more effort.

Here are 5 Tips for a Beautiful Green Lawn.

5 Tips for a Beautiful Green Lawn

5 Tips for a Beautiful, Green Lawn

1. Test Your Soil

This will help determine if your soil is lacking any necessary nutrients for a green lawn. Depending on your soil needs, you may be able to correct problems with fertilizers, which release nutrients over a period of time.

When I was a kid in 4-H, I learned how to do a soil sample. It’s actually easy. If a kid can do it . . .

Helpful Hint: Your local Cooperative Extension office can test your soil sample for pH and nutrient levels (some states charge a small fee).

2. Choose Grass that Works Best in Your Area

Whether you buy grass seeds or splurge on sod, pick a grass that grows well in your area. Bermuda and Zoysia are good grasses for my area. Do you know which type grass grows best in your area?

Laying Sod - 5 Tips for a Beautiful Green Lawn

3. Mow Higher

This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Never mow your grass with the thought that you’re going to mow it as short as possible so you won’t have to mow as often. Wrong! Taller grass looks better, has deeper roots and doesn’t need as much water. Scalped grass is more likely to turn brown. Never mow grass less than 3-3/12 inches.

How to Mow Your Lawn - 5 Tips For a Beautiful Green Lawn

Helpful Hint:  Keep the blades of your lawn mower sharp. Dull blades tear rather than cut. This stresses the grass and causes it to be more prone to disease.

4.  Fertilize at the Right Time

If you live in a cooler climate, you should usually fertilize in the fall. Late spring is the time to fertilize if you live in a warm climate like I do.  Remember that more isn’t always better. Be sure and follow the instructions on the fertilizer bag.

Helpful Hint:  Try to aerate your lawn in the spring and fall. Aerating makes small holes in the surface of the lawn. This allows water, air and nutrients to reach the roots.

5.  Don’t Forget to Water the Lawn

It’s best to water deeply 2 times a week instead of watering daily. Water in the mornings, around the same time. Consider adding a sprinkler system instead of watering with a hose. You end up using less water when you have a system on a timer. You can also add a rain sensor to your sprinkler system. It lets your system know to stop watering when it’s raining.

5 Tips for a Beautiful Green Lawn

What’s your tips for having a beautiful green lawn?

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40 comments

Robin Masshole Mommy May 25, 2016 - 7:21 am

My husband is in charge of the lawn, so I am sure he will love your tips. We have mostly shade in our yard, so our grass isn’t as green as he’d like.

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LaShawn May 25, 2016 - 8:08 am

We really need to work on our lawn this year! We spent so much on the inside of the house that we forgot about the outside!

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Ana Elizabeth May 25, 2016 - 8:23 am

Wow! Great idea. I’m actually starting to do research for our future lawn. Our home is still in progress and still undecided of what our lawn will be look like. Thanks for this. More ideas please. 🙂

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Kita May 25, 2016 - 9:51 am

So far my new lawn is going good. I’m reluctant to be in charge of it but I will be teaching my son the robes because my lawn has to stay beautiful. He will be reading your tips! Ha

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MJ May 25, 2016 - 10:12 am

We have so many dead spots in our yard due to shade. I would love to hire a nursery to come give us recommendations on grass and possibly laying sod. Your tips are great. I really want a beautiful lawn.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy May 25, 2016 - 11:20 am

A beautiful green lawn is an important part of a wonderful curb appeal. When we purchased our home, the lawn needed some work! We have been planting grass seed and growing some grass. It’s starting to look better now.

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Liz Mays May 25, 2016 - 3:47 pm

This is really helpful! Grass in our neighborhood has the tendency to dry out. We may have to adjust the deck on our mower.

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Jeanine May 25, 2016 - 4:47 pm

I wish we had a lawn. Our backyard has been dirt since the day we moved in. I think next year will be the year I tackle that!

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Megan Elford May 25, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Our lawn is in serious need of help. The soil is non-existent, and there are grubs. We would really like to tear it up and start from scratch!

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Nancy at Whispered Inspirations May 25, 2016 - 10:53 pm

My husband is obsessed with keeping the law in tip top shape. I will show him this, he will love it.

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Bella B (xoxoBella) May 25, 2016 - 11:57 pm

One nice thing about living in the PNW is that the grass is green without too much effort. 🙂

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Terri Beavers May 26, 2016 - 8:25 am

I downsized to an apartment that doesn’t have a lawn. It’s one of the reasons I selected to live there over less expensive homes. However, I do miss mowing from time to time. These are great tips for those with lawns.

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Alyssa C May 26, 2016 - 10:10 am

We live in a complex so they take care of the lawn. I usually just keep up with the gardening part. I am definitely going to share this post with my mom!

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michele d May 27, 2016 - 6:54 am

Those are some important tips when growing grass. My backyard needs help. We have tons of sand and it’s not great for lawns.

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Jake June 27, 2016 - 10:56 am

Just wanted to thank you for sharing these tips! They sure helped in making my lawn as green and beautiful as it is today!

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Morgan July 27, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Awesome! These tips are really practical, and very helpful. Everyone wants a green lawn, so anything that works to achieve that is worth a shot if you ask me! Nice work! Thanks for all the info!

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Anita Savage September 7, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Thanks Alli for this amazing post “5 Tips for a Beautiful Green Lawn”. Few days ago, I was a big fun of artificial grass as it is easy to setup, manage and cost effective. When thinking about environmental issues, I can not avoid natural lawn’s benefit.

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Mike Anderson September 24, 2016 - 4:42 am

Hi Alli, All the tips providing by you seems to be beneficial for my lawn planning. Thank you for giving this systematic way for making my lawn so beautiful.

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Brian October 25, 2016 - 12:15 pm

Great advice! Having grass that grows well in your area will keep your yard looking great. Fertilizing is important, but trying to keep a not native grass around is just a losing battle. Thanks for sharing!

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Rob Bond @ Sodding Mississauga November 7, 2016 - 8:52 pm

These are some great tips. People often forget that it takes more than water to have a beautiful green lawn. Even fertilizing…you have to apply different fertilizer at different times of the year to achieve optimal results. Great article. Thanks for sharing!

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Christina November 17, 2016 - 10:38 am

You make a great point about location. Choosing the grass that grows best in your area after research is essential, as you share.

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Sodding Burlington November 20, 2016 - 12:48 am

I like how you mentioned that location is a very key point. It is important that the lawn receives adequate amount of sunlight to receive the necessary nutrients. Great Post Overall. Thanks for Sharing!

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Selene January 13, 2017 - 11:11 am

Wow, those are some great tips to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful! Watering your lawn is something simple that many people simply don’t think about! Thanks for sharing.

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Trenton January 17, 2017 - 10:34 am

These are some great lawn care tips. Most people forget the importance of keeping the lawn mower blades sharp. I try to sharpen my blades 2-3 times throughout the year. Thanks for sharing

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Ann Katelyn April 12, 2017 - 5:24 am

Your tips are awesome! I am using a hose to water my lawn but sometimes I forget to water or I am busy. As a result, it becomes not good.
Thanks for your article, I have the motivation to set up a sprinkler system in order to make my lawn better.

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Selene April 27, 2017 - 4:45 pm

Wow, great post! Definitely some very helpful tips and advice, watering your lawn and choosing grass that’s right for your area are both very important. Thanks for sharing!

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paul November 17, 2017 - 5:13 am

Holy guacamole such a detailed long post about your lawn and how easy it is to maintain it to keep it so lush thank you so much

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Michael Jones February 3, 2018 - 5:05 am

Thanks for your valuable idea sharing about the beautiful green lawn. Recently I make a garden in front of my room. I want to make a better garden by lawn mowing. But I am a little bit confused how can I make this. When I getting your article, i clear my all confusion. One important question how much fertilizer use this?

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Jane [email protected] Mowing Services Melbourne February 6, 2018 - 6:25 am

As a specialist in the area, I want to say that your post is great. It’s helpful and detailed.
Keep up the great work! 🙂

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Alli February 6, 2018 - 9:34 am

Thanks!

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Sanjaman Jhon June 21, 2018 - 7:04 am

I have a lawn garden. I am looking for a beautiful lawn garden for my young son. Did I want to know how can I get a green lawn?

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Antony Mathenge September 28, 2018 - 2:54 am

Hi Alli,

Absolutely wonderful article there.

I am undertaking some research regarding great lawn maintenance tips, which brought me somehow to your superbly done article.

As part of my research, I have noticed most article pictures feature flat landscapes. In reality, I am sure your readers will agree, many lawns are on hilly, rugged, or even rocky landscapes.

In such situations, special lawn mowing equipment becomes hardy.

A lawn mower specially designed for hilly lawns is a good example.

I would love to read your views on this issue, as I am sure so would your leaders.

Again, lovely article.

Antony

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Jonathan Hufana March 11, 2019 - 11:09 pm

Having your lawn properly maintained will not just give you a cosmetic benefit but greener and healthier environment as well. Thanks for this!

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addy March 29, 2019 - 9:43 am

A greener and healthier lawn is always breathtaking!! Many individuals don’t pay attention to getting their soil tested first and also they fail to select the right lawn grass that match their region climatic conditions.

Thank you for sharing such resourceful post am sure it will help many landscapers.

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Murdog Den April 5, 2019 - 5:48 am

Great Post Dear!! Thanks for the posting dear. Very informative blog.

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Anne Alexander May 19, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Great Post. I like your concept about the lawn. Actually, I have a little garden where I used the lawn mower for cutting the grass. One of the best blog for sharing farm & gardening news. like your content.

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Shamim Hasan June 1, 2019 - 7:48 am

Awesome tips. Especially the part “Mow Higher” is very important because Scalped grass is more likely to turn brown. I do agree with you.

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Tony Jemel Mark July 26, 2019 - 1:36 am

Nice tips and it will help us to a lawn. You shared a great experience for us. Thank you

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Newton December 16, 2019 - 9:06 am

Just wow! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They will go a long way to help me maintain a stupendous lawn. Unfortunately, my lawn is pretty steep. I need help in identifying the best mower for steep lawns. I don’t want embarrassments.

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