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Video:Tips for Growing Green Grass

with Barry George

There are a number of things you can do to help keep your lawn looking green and beautiful. This About.com video will show you how to keep your lawn green.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Growing Green Grass

This is Barry George with Crabapple Landscape Experts for About.com. Today we want to discuss growing green grass. Growing green grass is really a year round project. It's not a 7 day thing, it's not two weeks before you're having a summertime bbq.

Growing Green Grass: Water

To grow green grass, we're going to have to have three main things: water or irrigation, a great fertilization program and an excellent integrated pest management program. Your lawn's main source of water ultimately should be from rainfall. Obviously we can't always rely on water as a main source of rainfall, so we have to use supplemental water and that's in the form of irrigation. It's really a good idea to at least get an inch of water on your lawn every week.

The best time to water is between 3 and 6 AM, really off peak sun time. This really allows water to be absorbed into your lawn. Watering during the middle of the day or when the sun is at its peak, like say 12-3 PM, can really lead to evaporation.

Growing Green Grass: Fertilizer

A good fertilization program is key to a green lawn. Your lawn is a living organism and needs to be fed. An oil test will help you establish how much fertilizer your lawn needs, whether it needs nitrogen or a pH adjustment. A great fert program will feature multiple rounds of feeding. Early fall, late fall, early spring, late spring and two additional rounds in the summer will help keep your lawn green and lush.

Growing Green Grass: Pest Control

Lastly, to ensure a green lawn, you're going to want to have an integrated pest control program or weed control. Not only one that prevents weeds before they happen but also one that identifies your specific type of weeds you may have an outbreak of. You're going to want to research the correct requirements for your grass type to kill weeds that grow throughout the season.

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