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Landscaping can be a lot of fun and it really has a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. Unfortunately, if you are inexperienced working with plants and hardscaping materials, you could have a very difficult time landscaping your yard. On my website you will find a lot of how-to instructions that can help you with the most basic landscaping projects. You will also find a few tips that can help you maintain your professionally landscaped yard. With a little information, you can have the yard that everyone in the neighborhood wants and admires and you will find that information on my website.


basic landscaping tips and how-to's

Your Grass Isn't Growing: Here's Why And What You Can Do

Lily Carroll

If your lawn is struggling to grow, there's a good chance that it is suffering from some type of nutrient-deficiency. Fixing this problem may seem easy: just throw on a bag of fertilizer and watch it grow. However, it's much more delicate than that and requires a careful approach.

Likely Problems

The most likely culprit for poorly growing grass is nutrient deficiency. The two most common types of deficiency are nitrogen and phosphorous deficiencies. These two nutrients are vital for grass growth and are often sapped by excessive weed growth or even nearby trees. Diagnosing these problems is relatively simple:

  • Nitrogen deficiency – grass will take on a yellow to yellow-green color
  • Phosphorous deficiency – grass will start out looking blue-green in color, turn purple, and then finally become reddish

These concerns are usually easily treated with fertilizer application, but you need to carefully test the acidity of your soil first.

Testing Your Soil

Before moving on to any type of fertilizer treatment, you need to check your lawn's acidity levels. Fertilizing is a delicate process: too much, and you will raise you lawn's acidity, but too little and it won't have any effect.

Test your soil's acidity level using this simple process:

  1. Take soil samples of about a cup
  2. Collect multiple samples from around various areas of your lawn
  3. Place two teaspoons of each sample in separate containers
  4. Add ½ cup of vinegar to the soil and watch how it reacts

You're going to want to get soil that fizzles with this test: if it does, your pH level is fairly neutral (7-8). However, if it doesn't fizzle, pour ½ cup of baking soda on new samples: if it fizzles, your soil is acidic (5-6). No reaction indicates neutral acidity.

Adding Fertilizer

If your soil level is fairly neutral, feel free to add a dose of nitrogen-based fertilizer based on the instructions on the bag. Make sure to spread it evenly across your lawn to ensure it is absorbed equally. However, if your soil is acidic, you should focus on phosphorous-based fertilizer.

But when should you fertilize your lawn? Generally, you should fertilize in the early spring months (February-April), late spring (May-June), or in the fall months (September-November). Avoid fertilizing in the winter or the summer, as both seasons are too harsh to promote prime growing.

Following this simple process can help you get your lawn back into great shape in no time. However, if you need help with any aspect, don't hesitate to contact a landscaping company, such as Forster Landscaping, right away. They can help streamline the process and ensure its success.