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How to Make Your Grass Greener: 10 Tips for Minneapolis & Eau Claire, WI


The easiest way to make your grass greener is to head out to your yard with a few cans of green spray paint.

Admit it — you’ve actually considered this idea, right?

Trouble is, it’s a short term solution. Also, that’s a lot of spraying. Your finger will get really tired.

We have a few better ideas to make your lawn healthy and greener from the roots up:

1. How to Make Your Lawn Green and Thick? Go Granular

Always opt for granular lawn fertilizer, which is more expensive than the liquid stuff, but it breaks down slowly, giving you consistent benefits from fertilization.

Look for blends that also contain organic nutrients, which give your lawn that beautiful, deep green color and help your soil.

You’ll get premium professional-grade formulations of granular fertilizer from RainMaster. Not every lawn fertilizer service offers this.Lawn technician applying granular fertilizer

2. Don’t Skip Fall Fertilizer

It’s easy to forget about your lawn in the fall, with all the distractions of football, cider, pumpkin carving, and figuring out your Halloween costume.

But those turf roots are still hungry. Fertilize in the fall and you give those roots nutrients to grow nice and deep now, with some left over for a healthy start — and greener grass — next spring.

3. Make Grass Greener with Aeration

When your soil becomes compacted, your lawn can't breathe. Its roots can't take in water or nutrients. How the heck is it supposed to be green if it’s gasping?

Lawn aeration uses a machine to pull out plugs of soil, creating spaces so that air and water can penetrate, which leads to healthier roots. Healthier roots make for a healthier, thicker lawn, better able to resist pests and diseases and tolerate summer’s heat and drought.
Lawn team aerating a lawnAeration is often followed by overseeding, as the holes created by aeration are perfect new homes for the grass seed.

It all adds up to a greener, thicker lawn.

4. How to Make Grass Green: Test Your Soil pH

No matter how much fertilizer you give your lawn, if your grass doesn’t have the proper, balanced soil pH, it won’t do much good.

Important nutrients for grass are available in soil when the pH is at the right level — not too acidic, not too alkaline.
PH scale for lawn soilIf your pH is off, your grass won’t get the nutrients it needs, no matter how much you fertilize.

If your soil’s pH level is out of whack, we can add the right soil amendments to bring it to the right level, setting it up to be that beautiful green you love.

5. Making Your Grass Greener Is About Soil Quality, Too

Fertilizer is awesome, but there’s more to a thick, green lawn than just food.

It’s all about the roots and the soil. If they’re healthy, your lawn will be, too.

Maybe your soil needs a boost of iron, magnesium, or humic acid. Or some nice, rich organic matter.

Your fertilizer packs an even bigger punch if you boost it with soil conditioner, a blend of minerals that’s like a multivitamin for your lawn.

It unlocks the potential of your lawn, creating better results from the fertilizer and other treatments your lawn care company performs throughout the year.

Get soil conditioner in our top-tier program or as an add-on service if you choose one of our other lawn care program options.

6. Make Your Grass Greener with Proper Mowing

Mowing short is tempting, right? Then you won’t have to mow again as soon. You’re a genius!

But mowing short actually hurts your grass.

When you mow, you’re removing a portion of the leaf surface that creates food through photosynthesis. Take off too much, and you’re starving your grass.
Lush green lawnWhen you’re really hungry, are you working your best? Hungry grass won’t be its best, either.

No more than a third of the grass blade should be removed during a single mowing.

As summer progresses, you should keep raising your mower blade. Shoot for 3 inches in June, 3.5 to 4 inches in July and August.

7. How to Make Your Lawn Green and Thick? Wise Watering

Water deeper, longer, and not as often. That encourages deeper, stronger roots, which means greener grass.

If you water too often, it encourages roots to hang out near the surface. Why should they head deeper in the soil to search for water when you’re serving it up so readily every day?Proper lawn watering

8. Keep Your Mower Blade Sharp

Why does this matter?

A dull blade “rips” the top off a blade of grass, leaving a jagged edge that invites pests and disease.

A sharp blade makes a nice, a clean cut, which helps the grass to heal faster and promotes photosynthesis — which makes it green.

9. Get Temporary Green with Iron

Grass loves iron. Your lawn will get some iron in our soil conditioner.

An extra dose of “chelated iron” — a type of iron plants can readily absorb — will give your lawn a boost of green.

But it’s just temporary. And it’s purely cosmetic, without offering any lasting health benefits to your lawn.

But if you’re hosting a wedding in your back yard or a TV crew is coming to film your prize-winning zucchini, sure, splurge on some iron for a quick blast of green.

10. Be Proactive to Avoid Problems

There are a lot of things going on out there in your yard that can keep your grass from being its best beautiful green.

Weeds. Bugs. Disease.

Pros know how to diagnose lawn care problems before you even notice anything’s wrong.

When our lawn care technicians are out there spreading seed, or applying fertilizer, or treating for weeds, they’re looking at your lawn’s total health.
Lawn DiseaseThey might notice signs of Japanese beetles, grubs, or lawn diseases.

Our technicians are trained professionals, so they catch things early — before they turn into worrisome and expensive problems that can keep your grass from being as green as possible.

How to Make Your Lawn Green and Thick? Trust RainMaster

So, that’s a lot of stuff to stay on top of to get your grass green.

You could spend your hard-earned weekends fertilizing, aerating, boosting your soil, seeding, taking soil samples.


Wait, here’s an idea. Let us do the work.

At RainMaster, you choose from three different levels of lawn care programs, based on the results you’d like, how fast you want to see results, and your budget.

Decide from your lounge chair.

When you’re ready to put your trust in us, we can’t wait to meet you — and help you make the best choices for your lawn.

Ready to make your grass greener? Request a quote today! We’ll review your lawn care options together so you can make a great choice. Then, you can finally enjoy watching your lawn transform and stop worrying about it.

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