Every spring, homeowners hope for beautiful grass that will rival that of the local golf course. If you’re willing to put in a weekend’s worth of hard work now, you’ll see beautiful results in the spring.
The first step is to do a quick inventory of your lawn’s appearance. Do a walk-through around your yard: Are there high-traffic areas where the grass has worn down to dirt? Is the grass overall too sparse for your liking?
Make sure to take note of the soil as well: Is it too compacted?
Watch when you get heavy rainfall. If the water tends to pool in certain areas instead of being absorbed, your soil is too firm or too much thatch has accumulated, and your grass isn’t getting the essential nutrients and oxygen it needs. Make a note of all these concerns.
With this list of to do’s in hand, find your region below and select which area best applies to you for a customized list of fixes for each grass zone.
- Caring for cool-season grasses (commonly grown in northern half of country; includes bluegrass, ryegrass, fescue)
- Caring for warm-season grasses (commonly grown in southern half of country; includes zoysia, centipede, Bermuda, Bahia, Buffalo)
- Caring for transition zone grasses (commonly grown in middle band of country; includes mix of both grasses)