10 Steps to Be Naturally Green & Grow a Healthy Lawn

Keep your lawn healthy by using the following good maintenance practices.

  1. Mow high to promote vigorous growth, prevent weeds and discourage insect pests. Cut grass to a height of 6 to 8 cm or 2.5 to 3 inches. Use a sharp blade. More information on mowing .
  2. Water deeply and infrequently to promote deep roots. Too much water starves the soil of oxygen and invites disease. Give 2.5 cm or 1 inch of water per week to the lawn. More information on watering .
  3. Feed your lawn with compost and leave grass clippings where they fall. Compost improves the soil, which is where plant health begins. Clippings decompose quickly, and are another source of nutrients for your lawn. 
  4. Aerate compacted soil in the fall. This helps oxygen, water and nutrients reach the roots and also helps decompose thatch. More information on aerating .
  5. Overseed in spring or fall or choose alternative ground covers in difficult spots. More information on overseeding .
  6. Replace grass with paving stones or use mulch in heavy traffic areas. Alternate your approach with shrubs, vines or native plants, especially in shaded, dry or difficult areas. More information on mulching .
  7. Fertilize if necessary with slow-release fertilizer, at an application rate guided by soil testing. More information on fertilizing .
  8. Check lawn regularly to detect pests and other problems early.
  9. Discover that healthy lawns are less susceptible to pest problems. Keep your lawn healthy using these good maintenance practices.
  10. Enjoy! A healthy lawn is an ideal place to relax.