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You Don’t Need a Green Thumb to Keep Your Lawn Lush: Here’s Why

Those with green thumbs seem to have an easy time cultivating beautiful, lush lawns. But we can’t all be so lucky. If you’re one of the many who aren’t blessed with natural talents for gardening but want a healthy and happy lawn, worry not—maintaining a lush lawn is still possible.

In this post, we’ll discuss reasons you don’t need an innate talent for lawn care to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful.

How to Maintain Your Lawn Without a Green Thumb

What Does Not Having a Green Thumb Mean?

A green thumb refers to one’s ability to grow and keep plants healthy effortlessly. It’s like an innate talent. So if you don’t have a green thumb, you may lack the skill or natural aptitude for gardening or nurturing plants.

Four Reasons You Don’t Need a Green Thumb to Keep Your Lawn Lush

Not all homeowners and property owners with lush lawns have a green thumb. Even so, they still manage to have a beautiful and well-maintained lawn. You may ask how. More often than not, it’s because they seek and follow advice from lawn care professionals.

If you don’t have a green thumb and struggle with lawn care, keep the following information in mind.

Your Grass’ Requirements to Thrive Are Pretty Basic

One of the things you need to remember when growing natural grass in your lawn is that grasses are alive. This means they have regular needs like watering, feeding, and trimming. Understanding your grass’s fundamental requirements to thrive is the first step in creating and maintaining a lush lawn.

First off, grasses need enough nutrients to stay healthy. The three main essential nutrients are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus.

Healthy soil typically has all these nutrients readily available for plants to consume. However, erosion and many other factors can deplete soil nutrients. That’s why fertilizing is vital. Fertilizers replenish lost nutrients.

Another important thing your lawn needs is water, which should neither be too little nor too much. Just as humans get sick when drinking too much water and dehydrated when drinking too little, grasses also get sick from overwatering and underwatering. Make sure to water your grasses with an adequate volume and at the right time of the day.

Finally, do not forget about sunlight. Your grass needs sunlight to survive. The length of sun exposure the grass needs will depend on its type, but a good rule of thumb is to give the grass at least four hours of direct sunlight each day.

All types of lawn grasses have similar fundamental requirements to thrive. But there are still a few differences in their needs. For example, cool-season grasses need more water than warm-season grasses. So, learning how to maintain the specific type of grass in your lawn will allow you to better care for it.

Lawn Maintenance Techniques Are Not So Secret

Maintaining a lush lawn doesn’t require a secret formula known only to experts. Basic lawn care techniques are accessible to anyone willing to learn. And in this post, we will mention some.

Proper watering: Make sure to give your lawn a huge gulp of water instead of a series of sips. Watering deeply and infrequently allows the grass to develop deeper roots, leading to a more resilient lawn. An inch of water every week is often enough. But if you have clay soil, you can water your lawn twice a week. Timing is also crucial. The best time of the day to water your lawn is early morning.

Proper mowing: Maintain an appropriate mowing height to prevent stress on the grass. Ideally, you should mow once a week at 7 to 8 cm tall. Ensure you bag the clippings if they are long so they don’t kill the grass underneath. The mower blades should be sharp to avoid causing ragged, brown leaf edges and making the grass susceptible to disease.

Improve the soil: Grasses and other plants thrive in fertile soil. Test your soil to find out the nutrient and pH levels. Based on the results, amend the soil nutrient profile by applying the right fertilizer and lower the pH by applying ground lime.

In addition, aerate and dethatch the soil when needed. Aerating the soil reduces compaction and enhances water and nutrient penetration. Dethatching prevents the build-up of dead grass and debris, which can stifle healthy growth.

All these practices are crucial in lawn care, but if you aren’t confident that you can handle everything, call the professionals. Remember that well-nourished grass is better equipped to resist pests, diseases, and environmental stresses.

Tools for Healthy Lawns Are Easily Accessible

While lush lawns might conjure images of elaborate gardening tools, achieving a vibrant lawn doesn’t require an array of specialized equipment. Basic tools, like a lawnmower, rake, and garden hose, are usually sufficient. Many hardware stores and garden centers offer these tools at different price points, so you can easily find what best fits your budget.

Innovative lawn care tools designed to simplify lawn care are also available. For instance, automatic sprinkler systems can ensure consistent and adequate watering, reducing the chances of overwatering or underwatering your lawn.

Lawn Care Pros Near You Are One Call Away

If the idea of lawn care still feels overwhelming, remember that professional help is always just a phone call away. Skilled lawn professionals can transform even the most lackluster gardens into lush landscapes. They have the knowledge and experience to diagnose issues. You can also count on them to find the right treatment and ensure your lawn stays healthy throughout the seasons.

Hiring a professional lawn care service doesn’t mean relinquishing control; rather, it gives you a solid foundation and valuable insights. Many lawn care companies offer customizable plans, allowing you to choose the level of involvement you desire.

Whether you want regular maintenance, seasonal treatments, or specific interventions, lawn care companies can tailor services to suit your preferences.

LawnMart’s Year-Round Lawn Care

When a busy lifestyle makes it hard to keep your lawn vibrant, don’t hesitate to seek LawnMart’s assistance. The company is an expert in organic lawn care, so everything the team does and uses is environmentally friendly and safe for everyone around, including pets.

The LawnMart team is among those blessed with a green thumb in lawn care. The company’s professionals have already figured out a 6-step process that keeps lawns in pristine condition year-round. The process includes applying all-natural fertilizer to ensure the soil has the essential nutrients for healthy grass, weed control to keep unwanted plants at bay, liquid aeration, applying winterizing fertilizer, etc.

The team uses the right amount of fertilizer to ensure a thick, green lawn. If the lawn still isn’t looking as green as you want, the experts will analyze it to find the root of the issue, whether it is a lack of water, lack of sunlight, getting mowed too short, or other possible issues. Once they determine the problem, the team can address it immediately.

It is important to note that LawnMart lawn care services do not include watering and mowing. These tasks are simple and something you can do easily. Just make sure to follow the team’s advice.

If you notice a problem between visits or want to know more about ways to keep your lawn lush, you are always free to call our team. We do not charge for service calls. You can also fill out the form on our website to get in touch.

Michael Schäfer

President – LawnMart Inc.

Years of Experience: 31 Years

  • Land Class 1 and 3 Licenses Since 1993
  • Pest Control Operator License Since 1995
  • PIC Accredited Pest Technician Examiner Since 2004
  • Biting Flies Control License Since 2020

Michael Schäfer is President and Founder of LawnMart Inc. After training privately under Dr. Larry Whiddell of Ohio State University, he became a Lawn Technician at Barefoot Grass Lawn Services (1993) and leveled up to Tree/Shrub Care Manager before taking over all Canadian operations as Area Manager. In 1996, Michael founded LawnMart Inc., which has since grown into a multi-award-winning company that cares for thousands of lawns in the Golden Horseshoe area.