You probably aren’t looking for your lawn to actually be a golf course (who would want dozens of people regularly walking through their yard?), but it can look as healthy as one by following a few simple rules.
First and most important, your grass type at home is different from a golf course and needs to be mowed at a height of at least 2.5–3 inches. The plant produces all of its energy from the sun by way of the blades, so if too short they won’t produce enough sugars to grow rich and green – let alone fend off other plants like weeds. And removing more than one third of the blade at one time will stress the grass.
Keep your mower blades sharp to ensure a clean cut, which will maintain a consistently green appearance to your grass and reduce the possibility of any disease entering through rough, damaged tips.
Changing up your mowing pattern is also important to keep your grass blades growing straight, as grass tends to grow in the direction it was mowed.
With proper fertilization, a lawn will not only stay thick, healthy and green, but it will compete more effectively against new weed growth as well as discourage the spread of disease and damaging insects.
Water is critical, of course, in the health and appearance of your lawn, but the right amount is key. Do not over water! Watering once per week for 1–1 ½ hours should suffice. Deep watering helps roots grow deeper into the soil, allowing the plant better uptake of nutrients and water during times of stress.
Aeration is probably the next most important thing you can do for your lawn annually to get that healthy dark green golf course appearance. It opens the root system, allowing for air, nutrients and moisture to flow optimally through the soil structures.
As a general rule, it’s always better to look after your lawn in the morning hours vs. the evening hours, to allow the plant time to recover before night falls and diseases are most apt to attack your lawn.
And for those final golf course-like touches, overseed any bare patches and clear away loose clippings from your sidewalk and patio to have a clean and crisp look.