(BPT) – Have you ever been on a golf course or watched a tournament on TV and thought, “How do I get my lawn that green?” While thick, lush, healthy grass takes some strategy (and time), it is possible to achieve at home with some tips and tricks from lawn care experts.
As the Official Lawn Care Treatment Provider of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions and TPC Network, TruGreen knows what it takes to achieve a golf-course ready lawn. Both TruGreen and the PGA TOUR implement science-driven agronomic practices to deliver the best living and playing conditions. Here, the lawn care company shares tips for homeowners to achieve golf course green grass that will be the envy of the neighborhood:
Test pH levels
For your lawn to look its best it needs adequate nutrients and the right amount of hydration for your region. To achieve this, contact a lawn care professional to test your soil pH levels in the spring to see if any adjustments should be made. With the right scientific expertise, they can identify, and tailor, the right solution for optimal hydration.
There are two kinds of weeds: annual and perennial. Both grow when they have access to resources (water, sunlight, soil nutrients). That means the best way to eliminate weeds is with a healthy dense grass that doesn’t leave room for weeds to establish and grow. Timing is of the essence when it comes to weed control, so it’s important to bring in a professional at the first sign of weeds to apply a treatment before they start popping up across your lawn. Homeowners can often apply lawn care products excessively or improperly, which can waste money and cause damage to the lawn.
“Just like there isn’t a singular blueprint for a PGA TOUR golf course, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to lawn care,” said Brian Feldman, director of technical operations at TruGreen. “With so many complexities to individual lawns, a service professional with tailored, localized solutions can help you achieve a lush lawn of which you’re proud.”
Great grass needs just the right amount of water to be lush without oversaturation. Strive to water your lawn one or two times a week, avoiding peak evaporation time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Remember that watering may vary month to month based on weather conditions. Sandy soils or drought conditions require more water, but always consider any watering restrictions in your area.
Consider aeration and seeding
Aerating the soil means using a special machine to remove small plugs of soil that extract thatch, helping open the ground to more nutrients and water penetration. Seeding after aerating encourages germination and root growth. Commonly performed during the summer for southern regions and the fall for northern regions, professionals can help identify the best time for aeration and seeding specific to your lawn.
“A healthy and happy championship lawn takes expert care and time,” said Feldman. “Partnering with a professional service provider, such as TruGreen, can help alleviate some of the stress of getting your lawn fit for a major.”
All these steps can help you take the guesswork out of lawn care maintenance. For additional help, consult with a lawn care professional such as TruGreen to achieve a lawn that looks just like what the pros play on.