How to have a green lawn

Sam Szczapa

Most people in New england struggle to keep a nice green lawn during the summer months. Things like crabgrass and various types of weeds tend to take over. If you live in southern New Hampshire there are a couple of different things you can do to prepare your lawn for the warmer weather and achieve that green grass that everybody loves. 

According to Home Depot professionals, If you are planning on planting seeds this year, plant them early fall when the weather is slightly below seventy degrees. By early august and mid september, most weeds are done germinating and we tend to get an abundance of rainfall, this is key for growing that perfect green grass. One of the most common problems people face is the battle with crabgrass. Once crabgrass gets into your yard it will slowly take over every square inch of your lawn. After a couple of years you will be left with nothing but this gross weed. After talking to a few parents at Timberlane high school the feedback was pretty similar. Almost everybody says “Crabgrass is the worst” or admit that they have fought with it in the past. One of the easiest ways to fight the war against crabgrass is to totally restart the lawn process. Many people will totally rip up and till their yards, spread fresh soil, and seed and fertilize at the beginning of the summer. This helps totally eliminate weeds like crabgrass leaving you with a fresh green lawn, you can periodically use herbicides purchased at your local gardening centers to make sure these weeds do not come back. 

If you are planting seed this coming season make sure to know what types of seeds are best for your yard and what will have the best chance of surviving. Choosing a grass seed is similar to choosing your outfit, depending on the weather around you, you need to dress differently and use different seeds. There are multiple charts online telling you the best types of seeds for you. Depending on the types of seeds you get, most people are surprised when they see the prices. You need about 10lb of seed to cover every 1000 sq ft, so purchase accordingly.