7 Remedies to Rescue a Dying Lawn

The road to a beautiful lawn doesn’t have to be paved with a schedule of chemical treatments. There are several homegrown tips and techniques you can use to help your grass to grow lush and green this summer.

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  1. Compost It


    Lawns need more than regular watering; they need food as well. While synthetic fertilizers can fuel green growth, they simultaneously attract pests, which is worse in the long run. Instead, provide essential nutrients the natural way by laying down a layer of compost. This all-natural solution adds much needed organic matter back into the soil for healthier grass.

    Related:  10 Compost Bins for Backyard Gardeners


  2. Epsom Salt


    A simple soil test will help you determine the health of your soil. What you're looking for is a neutral pH of 7, but if the results come back acidic, you'll need to amend the soil for maximum nutrient availability. Here's where a natural cure like epsom salt comes in handy. Despite its name, it is not actually salt, but rather a sulfate and magnesium compound—and it’s also a natural deterrent for pests. Apply with a lawn spreader or dilute in water to apply in a garden sprayer for a healthier lawn.

    Related:  How to Test Soil pH


  3. Boiling Weeds


    Serious weed infestations are a sign of poor soil, but even the healthiest lawns could benefit from some weed control. Hand pulling works for young seedlings, but once a tap root is well established, you need to bring out the big guns. For a non-chemical approach, pour boiling water onto weeds. That will immediately, and irreparably, damage the leaves and they will begin to die off.

    Related:  9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds


  4. Mulching Leaves


    Rather than raking each autumn, mulch the leaves into your lawn instead. Run right over them with the lawn mower several times, until the pieces are the size of a dime or less. They’ll decompose, and enhance the soil beneath your grass with vital nutrients. This might just be the best news ever. You’re welcome.


  5. Rake Your Grass


    Thatch build-up can inhibit the growth of grass by suffocating the root system, depriving them of much needed air, water, and nutrients. It also provides a habitat for pests like webworms, which no one wants. Help reduce thatch in your yard, by giving it a once over with a leaf rake after mowing. 

    Related:  5 Rakes Every Homeowner Should Know


  6. Trim, Don't Cut


    Resist the temptation to give your lawn a crew cut so you can get a few more days between mowings. This is just about the worst thing to do for a lush and green lawn. Not only does a short cut leave grass blades susceptible to the sun's rays, leaving them fried and lifeless, but cutting too much off the top can actually shock the plant. Instead, set your mower blade at the highest height, and never cut more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blades.

    Related:  9 Mowing Mistakes Everyone Makes


  7. Keep It Thirsty


    This advice goes against our instincts. We assume that to be green, a lawn needs a lot of water. The opposite is actually true. Watering your grass lightly, but often, will actually weaken it by promoting a shallow root system, making it totally dependent on you. Water infrequently, but deeply (an inch per week) for a lawn with deep roots and happy, green, blades of grass.

    Related:  7 Smart Ways to Save Water in the Yard


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