No one wants a thin, ugly lawn. Whether your lawn is completely neglected or if it’s under a professional lawn care service, the lawn enthusiast often has areas on their yard where they want the grass to be thicker. A thick, healthy lawn not only looks great, it can prevent weed growth and give a safer surface for recreation and/or sports. There are a lot of reasons you may have thinning grass.
Here are just a few of the top recommendations we typically offer first to get a gorgeous lawn:
- Improve your soil. Your lawn needs at least 6″-12″ of nutrient rich, non-compacted, well-drained soil to grow in. Take a soil test every 3 years and perform the recommended amendments. Provide your lawn with the right amount of fertilizer throughout the year on a lawn care program. Core aerate your lawn every year to help combat soil compaction. Add topdressing to your lawn to incorporate new compost. If possible, add bio-nutritional materials to your lawn to help it perform its best, naturally.
- Seed your lawn. Once your soil issues are addressed, you can thicken your lawn by seeding it. Depending upon the condition of your lawn, different recommendations may come from a lawn care expert. Aerating and over-seeding can help a lawn that is fairly established to introduce better grass varieties into your lawn without starting over. If areas are very thin, slice-seeding in addition to aerating can help new grass seeds to develop in a thicker fashion. Worst case, your lawn may have areas that need completely killed off and renovated.
- Mow correctly. If you mow at 3″, only removing 1/3 of the blade at a time, mulch your clippings, and with a sharp blade, this can also help your lawn to grow thicker. Try not to mow until absolutely necessary during a drought. Your lawn may look slightly shaggy, but walking and cutting a stressed lawn can cause it to suffer slightly. Try to mow in a different pattern each week so that you don’t create ruts from mower wheels and compaction. Proper mowing makes a huge difference.
- Water correctly. A lawn needs to have 1″-2″ of water each week to grow its best. Water your lawn heavily, but not as frequently. This means once or twice a week on an established lawn is preferred over a tiny bit of water each day. Water in the morning hours to help reduce turf disease growth.
- Address lawn insects, weeds, and disease. There are all sorts of problems that can occur every year that can turn the most beautiful lawn into a disaster. Be sure you perform treatments each year for lawn insect control for pests such as sod webworms, chinch bugs, or grubs. The more weeds there are in your lawn such as crabgrass and other broadleaf weeds, the harder it will be for your grass to get thicker. Be sure to provide your lawn with pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control treatments throughout the year as needed. Likewise, turf diseases can destroy a lawn in a very short amount of time. Keep your lawn healthy, water it correctly, and talk to your lawn care company about options for lawn disease control.
- Give it enough sunlight. Even grass varieties listed as “shade grass” need to have at least 4 hours of direct sunlight each day. As trees on your property grow, the amount of sunlight under and around them decreases. You can have a tree service perform tree pruning to allow more light under them, but if trees are close enough together or close enough to structures, grass in these areas will be thin at best. Aerating and over-seeding can help to fill-in areas better, but without enough sunlight, your lawn in these areas may suffer. If you aren’t open to tree removal as an option, there may be options for these areas other than growing grass.
If you need help getting a thicker, greener, more beautiful lawn, we would love to help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.