Do you look at your neighbor with lawn envy? If the grass next door is noticeably greener than yours, there are a few factors to consider. The good news is that you can likely remedy it on your own or with the help of a professional.
What Could You Be Doing Wrong?
You grow your grass in the same climate as your neighbor, so why is his turf so much brighter and greener? Here are three of the most common causes to a lackluster or brown lawn:
Mowing Too Short
When the temperatures heat up outside, your grass can become burnt when it is cut too low. As a general rule, only remove the top third of the grass blade when are mowing. Also, try not to cut when your grass is wet, especially if you have a mulching kit, as this can also scorch your lawn.
While it is possible to have a naturally green lawn without fertilizer, most lawns have soils that need an extra boost. If your soil is depleted of nutrients, it doesn’t matter how well you mow and water your grass. Take the time to get your soil tested and apply the appropriate fertilizers or other supplements.
Giving Your Dog Too Much Freedom
Dog urine is one of the top reasons for a brown lawn. Not only do dogs have high amounts of nitrogen in their urine that will discolor and kill your grass, but their repeated foot (paw) traffic across your lawn can also cause premature damage. Make sure your dog is not running in the same path every day (such as along a fence). In addition, consider training your dog to urinate in the pine straw or mulch to protect your lawn aesthetics.
While you may have identified a few things you are doing wrong for a green lawn, you should also be aware of what you are doing right. Our professionals at Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping can walk you through exactly what your grass needs to be as green as your neighbors!