June 7th, 2016

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Tips For a Healthier Lawn

 Our Colleague Donny, Director of Facilities and Maintenance, is in charge of keeping our lawn here at Campanelli, as well as at each of our homes, beautiful! He works with the right people to ensure our lawns are looking their best at all times.  So, you could say, he’s an expert of sorts in the area. Below he shares his tips for keeping your lawn looking its best!

Identify your grass type

lawns-562x375In your journey to develop the greenest grass in your neighborhood, you must begin by identifying what type of grass you have. There are two main grass types; cool season grass and warm season grass. And these grasses are not maintained the same way, which is why it’s so important to start by identifying the type of grass that is growing in your lawn!


Mow grass appropriately

To determine how often you need to mow, you’ll first need to photodetermine how you use or will use your lawn. If you plan to use it, say with kids playing in the backyard and such, then once a week mowing will be adequate. However, if its a lawn for looks or is seldom used, it may need to be mowed up to three times each week.

When mowing, leave your mower at the highest setting, trimming your grass, but leaving it taller. Taller grass shades the ground, which blocks weed sprouts and promotes beneficial microbes. Leaving the grass tall also allows your lawn to focus on root growth, which adds disease resistance. And here’s the final key…leave the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing to return the nutrients to your lawn.

Keep your mower sharp

Sharp-Mower-BladesDull blades are a big problem. They tear grass instead of cutting it. And according to Cornell University’s Gardening Program, lawns mowed with dull blades use 30 percent more water. Plus the wounds created by dull blades allow disease pathogens to enter grass plants. File your blade regularly, and replace damaged blades.


Aerate your lawn each fall

Aeration is good for all lawns, but if you have a well-used lawn, you definitely need to Aerationaerate. This relieves compaction and allows water and nutrients to penetrate into the soil. The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.


Water grass

24704432229_e1b1bb0579_bThis seems like a no-brainer, but it’s all about when you do it. Water occasionally, like twice per week. Frequent watering causes shallow roots which sets your lawn up for trouble down the road. Watering less frequently helps develop deeper roots which keeps your lawn healthy and lush. And, of course, water your lawn more frequently during periods of heat and drought.

You’ll want to water in the morning when possible, giving your lawn the whole day to dry. If the morning, before 10 a.m., won’t work, you can shoot for the period right when you get home from work. But don’t water at night, it leads to mildew and fungus development.



Apply turf fertilizer periodically throughout the year, following the grassfertilizermanufacturer’s instructions. To find the right fertilizer for you, take a look at the three numbers on the fertilizer bag which tell you the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, in that order.  Avoid numbers higher than 10, since these can easily burn your lawn. Organic fertilizers are better than synthetic fertilizers, since they improve soil health as well. If you want the perfect lawn, you may fertilize three or four times per growing season. But beware, it’s easy to burn your lawn or cause excessive quick growth with this strategy.


There you have it, our tips for growing your greenest, most beautiful lawn possible! Share any additional tips below.

60 Responses to “Tips For a Healthier Lawn”

  1. Jimmy Rey says:

    I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Thanks for posting it.

  2. Mikaela Reynolds says:

    Thank you for sharing, Jimmy. We’re so happy to hear our information has been useful for you!

  3. It’s good to know that organic fertilizers are better than synthetic ones since they benefit the soil in addition to your turf. My lawn isn’t growing as well as I’d like, and I suspect it may need a good fertilizer to kickstart it’s growth. I wouldn’t mind sticking to organic fertilizer if it provides me better results over time.

  4. jubert says:

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  5. Hector Uba says:

    Thank you for the tips on how to maintain your lawn, they were very helpful. I had no idea that different types of grasses were maintained so differently, I thought they were all the same. My brother just had some sod put in and he wants to make sure he takes care of it properly, I will be sure to share these tips with him.

  6. Gerty Gift says:

    Wow! I really loved your advice about figuring out what type of grass you have. I never would have known that you had to take care of the two types differently. I will be sure to figure this out soon so that we can maintain our lawn better. Maybe we’ll hire someone to take care of it for a while until we get the hang of it.

  7. My fiance and I just moved into a new home and we want to make sure that our lawn is healthy. We are open to ideas to make sure that we are taking good care of it. Checking the bag’s nitrogen levels is a great place to start for choosing fertilization.

  8. Local Lawn says:

    I was very pleased to find this website!! I wanted to thanks for your time for writing this blog. I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff that you will post in the future 🙂

  9. Amy Winters says:

    Thanks for suggesting that we can fertilize three or four times per growing season if we’re aiming for the perfect lawn. My husband and I recently moved to a new home, and I’d love to get the lawn in perfect, lush condition. I’ll definitely follow your advice and fertilize the lawn four times this growing season!

  10. Ellie Davis says:

    I wasn’t aware that there were different types of grass. Thank you for pointing out that to get the best lawn you need to know what type of grass you have. I don’t have much time to take care of my yard but still, want a gorgeous lawn. I’ll have to look into finding the best lawn maintenance in my area.

  11. Thank you for mentioning that leaving the grass tall will allow them to focus on root growth and make it more resistant to getting diseases. If so, then I will make sure that I leave the grass in an adequate length. The only problem is that I do not know exactly what an adequate length is. It might be best to call a professional to help me out so that the right actions are taken. My lawn dried up back then, and I do not want that to happen again.

  12. I want to make sure that I take good care of my lawn. It makes sense that getting a professional to handle it would be a good idea! They would know what to do to avoid cutting the grass too short.

  13. My brother used to mow our lawn when I was growing up, but my dad was the one that always had to deal with lawnmower upkeep and repairs. I never knew that dull blades on a lawnmower can be such a problem! I am planning on buying a house soon, and I will be sure to remember this when taking care of my lawn.

  14. Thanks for mentioning that I have to identify my grass type before I do anything else with it. Since the grass will need to be aerated each fall, I’ll hire a landscaping company to do that for me. I think I’ll hire them to fertilize the grass as well so that they will grow beautifully on my lawn.

  15. Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for helping me understand that the best time to aerate the lawn is during the growing season to effectively heal the grass. I guess this just shows how little I know with lawn maintenance since I don’t even know when is the healing season. With that in mind, I will hire a professional since the grass in our backyard has been having brown patches which confuse us because we have been watered properly by our sprinkler system.

  16. Steele Honda says:

    Thanks for pointing out that organic fertilizers are better than synthetic fertilizers since they improve soil health as well. I just moved into a house that has a bigger lawn than I’m used too and I’m trying to figure out the best way to take care of it. Using natural products is important to me so it’s good to know that a natural plant fertilizer would help my lawn. Thanks for the tips for a healthier lawn.

  17. I recently bought my first home and I have never had a yard before, so I did not know there are so many factors to consider to have a healthy lawn! You make a great point that it is important to keep your mower sharp and avoid dull blades. I will make sure to get my mower’s blades repaired soon so that I can cut my grass effectively and keep it healthy.

  18. Brad Erwin says:

    I liked it when you said that you should fertilize three to four times a growing season for the perfect lawn. I have been looking for the best ways to keep my grass healthy this year so that it doesn’t turn brown midseason. I will be sure to look into fertilizers and fertilizing products to keep my grass from dying this year.

  19. Ron Booker says:

    It was fascinating you mention that the best time to aerate the lawn is during the growing season to effectively heal the grass. My wife and I just moved to a different house and I want to take care of the lawn. I will be sure to get a lawnmower and anything else to ensure the health of the lawn.

  20. Rabeeka says:

    Can you recommend a lawnmower for wet grass?

  21. Thank you for helping me to understand that the best time to aerate my lawn is during the growing season. I want to make sure that my grass is healthy this spring and summer so it seems like I am going to need to rent an aerator. I’m going to have to find a local hardware company that rents out the kind of equipment that I need.

  22. Sataturf says:

    Don’t get me wrong but u didn’t use my name for a reason

  23. It’s interesting that you elaborate on how aeration can improve the health of your lawn. I want the grass in my yard to stay healthy and green, so I’m considering hiring a lawn care service to aerate it for me. I’m going to search for a good business in my area that offers lawn aeration services to hire.

  24. I see dandelions in the photo. Don’t you get rid of them?

  25. I didn’t realize that the uses for the lawn determine how often it needs to be mowed. It was mentioned that if if will be used for kids to play on, it will only have to be mowed once a week. I will have to share this advice with my husband and see what his thoughts are.

  26. Ben Hurn says:

    Thanks for sharing!!
    It’s very informative and interesting. Keep sharing this kind of information!!

  27. It’s great that you talked about how you need to identify your home’s type of grass to start developing a healthy one. My wife and I just moved into another house, and we enjoy having a good-looking garden, and we might even dare to say that we always beat our neighbors at that. As soon as we reached our new home, we noticed its front yard was a mess, and we want to fix it as soon as possible. After reading your article, we think we might need the help of a professional after all. We appreciate your tips about how to share the greenest lawn possible. We’ll be sure to follow them!

  28. Amanda says:

    This is a very helpful post. Thank you for the informative post.

  29. Zoe Campos says:

    It really helped when you said that I should identify what kind of grass we have on our lawn. I think that we’re not watering the one we have according to its needs and that’s why it won’t grow properly. It might be a good idea to have professionals check it first before getting our old built-in sprinkler system repaired.

  30. Paul says:

    Good info – regular lawn mowing, lawn aeration, fertilization, watering – a lot goes in to having a healthy lawn. Professional lawn care helps, but honestly this is something anyone passionate about having a nice yard can learn to maintain. It just takes work

  31. Jacob Brown says:

    Thank you for sharing how to effectively fertilize your lawn. I have never seriously started a garden, but I have always wanted one. I work hard in my yard to make it look good. I do what I can to make the grass green but sometimes it is hard to get that nice, soft, green grass that every one wants.

  32. Wow, this is very helpful info now I have knowledge that I can use to make a healthy lawn.

  33. It really helped when you talked about the importance of fertilizing a yard. Recently, my wife mentioned she wants to start a gardening project in our backyard. She says she’d need some help to get started since she’s still green in the gardening area, so I’ll be sure to share this article with her. Thanks for the advice on lawns and how to keep them healthy.

  34. Thanks you for sharing the information

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  36. I like all the idea you put here. It was really helpful. I’m sure you spend a lot of time researching before posting articles like this. Thanks!

  37. Tex Hooper says:

    You make a great point about finding fertilizer with enough nitrogen in it. I need something that will promote more growth with my tomatoes. I’ll have to hire a landscaper to spread the seed.

  38. I’m a huge fan of your blog and I read it all the time. You’re doing such an amazing job and have been so helpful to me! In your posts you talked about tips for healthier lawns- I just wanted to reach out because my lawn is looking pretty shaggy these days. In particular, I found this tip on leaving the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing very interesting! It was something that has never crossed my mind before but makes perfect sense.

  39. Perfect Article with accurate content. thank you for sharing.

  40. becky says:

    Thanks for your time on putting these all together.Your blog has a lot of valuable information . Really helpful blog.

  41. mowerexpert says:

    The best time to start lawn mowing is in the mid-morning, or between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The sun is higher in the sky and at this time grass has dried out a bit from the early morning dew and any irrigation.

  42. The sun is higher in the sky and at this time grass has dried out a bit from the early morning dew and any irrigation.

  43. tree care says:

    I just came across your post on how to have a healthier lawn. I wanted to personally thank you for taking the time and sharing these valuable tips! My lawn is looking better than ever after reading this article.
    As someone who’s been there before, can’t tell you how much it means that you take the time and care about others like me
    Maintaining a healthy lawn saves us money in water bills and takes little effort if we follow your advice! Kudos!!

  44. Tex Hooper says:

    I didn’t know that open plugs needed to be removed. I need to hire a contractor to reseed my lawn. It is looking a little brown lately.

  45. Tex Hooper says:

    I didn’t know that lawn’s required nitrogen. I need to get a lawn service to trim my edges. I’ll have to hire someone to do it with good online reviews.

  46. John Carston says:

    I appreciate that you explained the importance of mowing to have your grass grow properly. My uncle told me that he is planning to have their lawnmower as their current lawn has discoloration, and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this helpful article, and I’ll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if we consult trusted lawn mower services as they can answer all her inquiries.

  47. Kevin Sakers says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info

  48. Thanks for sharing! actually that’s really good approaches if i talking abut my own experience.This one is pretty simple! If your lawn is Kentucky bluegrass and you want it to be green, you have to water it. If you can tolerate brown or dormant turf during the middle of the summer, you can cut back on watering. Some drought-tolerant species can be green throughout the growing season without irrigation–depending on the rainfall during that year.

  49. I thought it was interesting when you mentioned that it is important to aerate your lawn if you are going to be using it a lot. I would imagine that it would be important to prevent your lawn from being over-aerated. Hiring a landscaping company seems like the best way to make sure that your lawn is aerated properly.

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    I appreciate the informative article and expertise. keep up the great work!

  56. I find it interesting that you recommend watering grass in the morning to prevent mildew or fungus growth. In my opinion, it would also be smart to keep weeds out of your lawn to keep it healthy. I’d recommend working with a professional grass service to determine the best weed prevention plan for your specific lawn.

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