When you see a lawn that is overgrown with weeds, has bare or brown spots and looks coarse, you likely know pretty quickly that it is dead or at the very least dying. If it’s not your lawn, this may not be a big deal. However, just because your lawn doesn’t have all of the undesirable characteristics doesn’t mean that it is healthy. So how can you know if your lawn is truly thriving? In this post, we are going to tell you the main characteristics of a healthy lawn and what you can do if you are not seeing your lawn persevere through the summer. Continue reading below to learn more.
What Color is Your Grass?
Most varieties of grass that thrive in the Pacific Northwest climes have a deep green color when they are healthy. During the winter months, when they go dormant, they will then have a more yellow or brown color. Clearly, this is normal for this time of the year. However, if you notice that a normally deep green lawn is fading or that the color is shifting, this is an obvious sign that it not only needs water, but that is also may be in dire need of some fertilizer as well.
You do need to take into account what type of grass makes up your lawn as varied grasses require different means of care. Additionally, different types of grasses retain different shades when they are at their healthiest.
How Thick is Your Grass?
While it is fairly obvious when your lawn has a large bare spot, it can be much easier to overlook the signs of thinning on your turf. Every once in a while it is a good idea to take a closer look at various places in your lawn. If you can look directly at the ground where your feet are and you can see soil, this is a good indication that your lawn might be thinning. The healthiest of lawns are thick and deep, meaning there is likely something wrong with yours if it is not.
What Does Your Grass Feel Like?
When you walk on a lawn that is healthy, it will feel as though you are walking on plush carpeting. In other words, there will likely be a little bit of bounce or pep in your step. Additionally, you can tell a lawn is healthy because when you walk on it and then look behind you, your footprints should disappear fairly quickly. This means your grass is strong and resilient, just the way it is supposed to be.
Alternatively, if the grass feels weak and crunchy under your feet, this most commonly is a sign that it needs to be watered. If watering does not help, you may be dealing with a disease or pests that are threatening the health of your lawn.
What Kind of Thatch Layer Exists?
The last thing you should look for in your lawn that indicates it is healthy is a healthy layer of thatch on top of the soil. That is imperative because it helps to distribute moisture as well as insulate the soil so that temperature can be regulated. On the other hand, having too much thatch can create a home for pests to live in and can make any pesticides you are using basically worthless to the yard they are working to protect.
If you want to maintain an adequate amount of thatch in your lawn you can do so by mowing your grass to the right height and by dethatching when it is necessary.
Do You Need The Help Of A Professional Lawn Care Company?
If you want to know if your lawn is healthy, the key is to pay attention to it. By simply being aware of the color, texture, and overall volume of your grass, you can tell when things are going right and when they are not. Also do not be afraid to contact your local Spokane lawn experts to come take a look at your lawn any time you notice that something might be wrong. The team at Impeccable Landscapes knows how to diagnose a number of lawn issues as well as how to bring your lawn back to life!