Tips & Tricks For A Better Lawn

Lawn Care

Lawn care is something that can be over looked at times. Sure you may water and mow, but that is just scratching the surface. Here is some friendly information that can help your yard look that much better.

Grass Cycling

A simple and easy method of making your grass stronger, just raise your mower setting and mow more frequently leaving the grass clippings on your lawn. By mowing high, you will expose more leaf surface area to the sun, and the taller grass blades will shade weed seeds, preventing them from germinating. Letting grass grow too tall causes excess grass clippings that smother the turf and take a long time to break down. For example, if you set your cutting height at 2 inches, then cut before the grass is more than 3 inches tall. Grass clippings are a great source of organic material (nitrogen mainly) and as they break down provide valuable nutrients to your lawn making turf greener and tougher. Also will prevent common turf diseases like thatch, cuts down on watering needs, and eliminates disposal of grass clippings and leaves. By following the one-third rule your clippings will be small enough to leave on your lawn without the concern of smothering your grass.


Occasional fertilizing will always be necessary when cultivating your yard. Garden-Ville’s NitroGem (7-2-2), or Microlife Brown Patch(5-1-3) for St. Augustine lawns applied at the recommended rate, will provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs. Real Growers Recharge, molasses, and diatomaceous earth are also great options for use on your turf grass and will build up the organic matter in your soil. Recharge will make more nutrition available to the plants root system for faster and stronger grow rate. Molasses feeds the microbes in the soil, while diatomaceous earth will help prevent pest problems.


Jarratt Calvert is the Operations Manager at Shades of Green and a Certified Nursery Professional.


  • Richard Gonzalez
    February 3, 2019 @ 8:13 pm

    I live in Celina and was wondering if this area of the State recommend composting your lawn in order to add necessary nutrients. I moved from San Antonio and composting a lawn is used by a great deal of home owners.

    • groundskeeper
      February 4, 2019 @ 5:37 pm

      You can add compost to your lawn, but it isn’t that common or necessary a practice around here. Composting or even using the mulch setting on your lawn mower will add organic matter to the soil. You could also use a product like TEXAS TEE 6-2-4, which is an organic, slow-release lawn food (that’s also good for trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds).

  • Millie Hue
    March 12, 2019 @ 8:41 pm

    Thanks for helping me understand that grass clippings will be able to keep your turf from having diseases since they are a great source of organic material. I guess I will be hiring a professional to do this for me since I have never done this before. It’s because I always lived in a condominium unit which is why I don’t have access to plants and grass that much.

    • ShadesOfGreen
      March 13, 2019 @ 8:13 am

      I don’t know that we’d go so far as to say that grass clippings alone will prevent disease on turfgrass. There are many factors that affect the health of a lawn – the amount of water & sunlight (most people over-water their lawns), the presence of insects, etc. Last summer, for example, was one of the worst years in recent memory for army worms. A single moth can lay thousands of eggs in your lawn. When they hatch, you’ve suddenly got thousands of hungry caterpillars marching across the yard chewing up your grass. Additional organic matter in your lawn wouldn’t slow them down one bit. — Creating and maintaining a healthy lawn takes effort over several seasons. If you’re new to all of this, then hiring a professional will certainly save you time and frustration. – Shades of Green

  • Caden Dahl
    March 20, 2019 @ 9:41 pm

    My lawn isn’t the best looking out there. I need to get it fertilized. A professional should be able to help me out with this.

  • randy
    June 17, 2019 @ 1:53 pm

    your site has been so helpful to me this summer! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks like it’s about time to fertilize the lawn.

  • Far West Turf
    August 6, 2019 @ 8:16 am

    Keep up the great work! Thank you so much for sharing a great posts.

  • Bethel Smith
    October 28, 2019 @ 9:31 pm

    My husband and I have been living in our home for a few years now but we always struggle with our grass getting yellow each year. I like how you recommend raising the mower settings and mowing more frequently. However, that seems like a lot of work so we may hire someone to do our landscaping instead.

  • Maria Presley
    June 17, 2020 @ 3:30 am

    Watering is of course the most important aspect of turf health in Summer. Correct lawn watering practices will enable a lawn to send down roots much deeper into the soil profile, past the evaporation level of the very top of the soil, which as a result will make our turf more heat and drought tolerant.

  • Ellie Davis
    June 30, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

    I loved that you mentioned fertilizing will always be necessary to cultivate your lawn. My husband and I are thinking about how to keep our lawn in good shape, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about your recommendations to make sure we keep our lawn looking beautiful.

    September 28, 2020 @ 9:12 pm

    Great Work! this site helps me a lot. Appreciate This! Thanks.

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