Ahh, the age-old adage – the grass is always greener on the other side. Do you walk out to your front yard and frown at the fact your neighbor’s grass is greener than yours? Does your blood boil at the fact your lawn just doesn’t quite compare to The Jones’ lawn next door? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. This comparison becomes especially hard when you already know you live in the same climate! So, what exactly could be the issue between these two lawns? If you find yourself fawning over the greenery of your next-door neighbor, we have a few tips and tricks to help you get on the same page.
1. It might be as simple as having bad dirt…
Since you and your neighbor are both affected by the climate in pretty much the same exact way, that’s one thing you can rule out altogether. However, it might be as simple as having a difference in the dirt. If you have bad dirt or dirt that lacks the proper nutrients to feed grass, then this could easily become a problem when it comes to lawn health. Make sure to add nutrients to your yard in order to help with overall color and appearance. Also, you’ll want to make sure you aerate the lawn at least once a year, especially if you notice your lawn is compressed.
2. Make sure to note how you’re cutting your grass…
Do you and your neighbor have different ways of keeping the grass trim? Does your neighbor take pride in how, when, and why they cut the grass? Sometimes the problem can happen not in the growth of the lawn but in the actual maintenance of it all. You’ll always want to make sure you’re maintaining the length of your lawn to at least three inches in length. This allows the grass to outgrow the weeds, tolerate any bugs, and maintain proper coverage for the roots.
3. Does your neighbor have a pet-free abode?
It’s no surprise that having a dog can often become a hindrance to proper lawn care. Dog pee will burn your lawn, which can result in staining or dry, empty patches in your lawn. If you have a fur friend (or multiple) and your neighbor does not, this might be the cause for a lawn difference. An easy fix would be to create a specific area in your yard for your pups, rather than giving free rein.
4. Compare your watering and feeding schedules…
Does your neighbor have a watering and feeding schedule for their lawn that you might not know about? If you’re on friendly terms, it might be as simple as just asking how they do it! Feeding your lawn the proper nutrients it needs will help it grow and flourish all year long. Make sure your lawn is getting the right growth-driving nitrogen, which is crucial in proper grass growth. You’ll want to feed your lawn at least twice per year. In addition, you’ll want to get on a weekly watering schedule. If rain isn’t happening in your area, you’ll want to water more often in order to ensure your grass is growing right.
Do you find that your neighbor’s grass is greener? Make sure to let us know what’s going on in the comments section! Or if you want some hands-on help, you can always call on us at Handsome Lawn Service.