How to Get Green Grass: Lawn Maintenance Tips from Briggs & Stratton
September 14, 2012
As you survey your lawn, you notice your once green grass has lost its vivid shade. If you lawn is taking on a yellow hue, you’re not alone. In fact, early summer is prime time for patches of yellow grass to appear which can spread to your entire lawn.
Once you understand the causes for this, you can learn how to restore your grass back to a healthy green hue. Here are the most common causes of green grass turning yellow – and the lawn maintenance solutions.
Lawn Maintenance & Mowing Tips for Green Grass
For starters, a lack of lawn maintenance increases stress on your grass providing an opening for diseases and pests that thrive on weak lawns. Timely fertilization, proper irrigation and knowing how to mow the lawn correctly will help build healthy, dense turf, and could be all you need to help your green grass back. Whether you’re using a push mower or ride mower, Briggs & Stratton recommends mowing with sharp blades and never cutting more than 1/3 of grasses’ height. Cutting your grass too short will prevent it from growing into a healthy, green lawn.
Is Lawn Fungus Ruining Your Green Lawn?
There are a few fungal diseases that damage grass and cause a yellow or straw color, including dollar spot, rhizoctonia yellow patch, rust and fusarium patch. If you’ve been hit with warm temperatures and high humidity that these diseases flourish in, lawn fungus could be the culprit. By applying a fungicide over the yellowing area, you’ll soon start to see your green grass again.
Practice Lawn Pest Control
Got pests? Pests like grubs feed on grass roots, while others, such as mites and cinch bugs, suck nutrient-rich juices right out of grass blades. In either case, it causes lawn damage that leads to your green grass turning yellow and weakening further. If pests are left to infest your lawn, it could be too late to save your grass and you may wind up having to plant a new lawn from scratch. For serious lawn pest control, apply insecticide on the grass and then give your lawn a good watering to help release the chemicals into the soil. Be sure to read the label carefully – applying insecticide properly and restricting traffic on your lawn is important for the best green grass results.
Grass Types: Get a Green Lawn from First Planting
If either of these problems has ruined your lawn beyond repair, make sure you plant the right grass type. There are many types of grass to choose from when planting your lawn. To prevent yellow grass from day one, use this guide for to grass types.
Check out this Quick Grass Guide
Still need help on your journey to grow thick, green grass? Learn how to solve other common lawn problems from the experts at Briggs & Stratton. At Briggs, we are dedicated to helping you cultivate a beautiful, green lawn. You can rely on a Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine to keep your yard in tip top shape!