If you look out upon the grass in nature or even along the side of the highway on the open road, you might wonder how the grass that grows there is so naturally green, without the use of sprinkler systems or artificial fertilizing. How is it that grass grown in the controlled environment of your yard is so much more delicate and fickle and so much harder to keep green?
One difference between that wild grass and your suburban grass is that yours is younger grass, likely artificially planted on dirt that was overturned during the construction process. That green, wild grass you see out in nature has been in its location for thousands of years, replenishing itself and reproducing naturally. The most marked difference, though, is that naturally occurring green grass is located in moist, rich soil. Anything that grows there could grow green!
Here are some ways to adjust your home’s lawn grass and turn the power of nature in your favor. With these methods, you can have lush, lively grass that Mother Earth would envy:
- Use natural fertilizers to supplement your soil. Organic fertilizers made of composted material, animal waste, and even vegetable matter provide the nutrients plants demand in order to grow healthier and greener.
- Research which specific type of grass is suited to your area’s climate. Even hot climates have grass, after all; find out which specific variety can thrive in your environment, then plant it in areas where grass currently refuses to grow.
- If grass refuses to grow in shady areas, such as under large trees or near porches, then plant grasses that have evolved to thrive in indirect light. Grass often grows better in occasional shade, which is reason enough to care for and fertilize your trees, but shade that lasts over 6 hours a day will prevent most grasses from growing.
- Install an efficient irrigation system to water your grass on an as-needed basis. Install weather sensors that will shut off the system if nature’s irrigation system starts pouring.
Remember that many municipal buildings and golf courses use nasty, factory-made chemicals to artificially dye grass green. These environmentally dangerous methods of modifying grass do not actually improve its health; after all, some of these grasses are so altered and supplemented that they end up about as natural as Astroturf. With the natural methods used above, your lawn will be thicker, healthier, and, most importantly, greener.
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