How to Get a Golf Course Quality Yard
Is your lawn dried out, thin, and full of bare spots? Fortunately, complete turf renovation is easier than you might think! Getting a golf course quality lawn is only four steps away. Here are four simple steps you can take to get great looking, green grass, brought to you by Mutton Power Equipment.
By following these four steps, your yard will be thicker, greener, and healthier in no time.
Thatch is an organic layer of dead grass, roots, and stems that builds up between the soil surface and the zone of green vegetation. Thatch buildup occurs when your turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down.
A thin layer of thatch is healthy for a lawn. It provides a layer of protection from excess sunlight, while holding in moisture. However, when thatch buildup exceeds half an inch, it can act as a sponge, which prevents water and essential nutrients from reaching the soil. Too much thatch buildup can choke your lawn, stifle growth, and turn your lawn an unhealthy shade of brown.
Dethatching your yard is essentially combing your yard, removing unhealthy, matted thatch. For smaller yards this can be done with a rake, however, for bigger areas a dethatcher can save you lots of time and energy. Popular types of dethatchers include walk behind dethatchers, or if you have a riding mower, pull behind dethatchers can be attached to the back of your mower.
When it comes to dethatching your yard, the best time to dethatch varies. For cool-season grasses, the best time to dethatch is late summer or early fall. This is when your grass is growing most rapidly. For warm-season grasses, dethatching in late spring to early summer will give you the best results.
Dethatching your yard will essentially create a layer of dead grass on top of your turf. Because of this, it is important to vacuum your yard after detaching. Vacuuming your yard can be done with a lawn vacuum or even a lawn mower equipped with a bagger or grass catcher.
Vacuuming rids your yard of harmful thatch, and will give your yard a clean, crisp look. After dethatching and vacuuming, your yard will already start to look greener.
The most important aspect in achieving a lush, green yard is making sure your grass and soil can breathe properly. Over time, soil can be compacted, which makes it harder for your soil to receive necessary things like water, air, and nutrients. Aeration stimulates root growth, creating healthier, greener grass.
The best time to aerate your grass depends on the type of grass. For warm season grass like Bermuda grass, aerating in the late spring or early summer is ideal. However, for cool season grass like perennial Ryegrass or Kentucky Bluegrass, it is best to aerate in the early fall. This will make sure that aeration occurs during times of active growth. Depending on how much traffic your yard gets, most lawns benefit from aerating at least once a year.
There are two types of aerators: spike aerators and plug aerators. Spike aerators consist of many small spikes that cut small holes in turf. Plug aerators cut larger, deeper holes, while removing plugs of turf.
It is best to aerate your yard when the soil is moist, so be sure to aerate after a light rain, or water your lawn the day before.
The final step to giving your yard a professional, golf course look is overseeding. Typically, when a yard looks bare or thin, it is because the grass has died out. Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly onto existing turf. This helps fill in bare spots and gives you thicker, greener grass.
Because seed to soil contact is key, the perfect time to overseed your yard is right after aeration. After overseeding, make sure to gently go over your yard with a rake to help seeds settle in. It is also a good idea to water your lawn after overseeding. Grass seeds need water to germinate and take root.
After taking these four steps, you will be well on your way to having a beautiful, healthy lawn.