Does your lawn look like it was trampled by a herd of hungry cows no matter what you do? Are you tired of having a yard that isn't as attractive as the yards of your neighbors? Sometimes, it seems like all you need to get beautiful grass growing is to water it every so often. At other times, you may feel like you're doing everything right, but then one wrong look causes the grass to die for seemingly no reason at all. But despite what it might feel like right now, there is hope. It's definitely possible to get your lawn looking great again. Some of the most important things you should do include the following.
Hire a professional: In general, getting a lawn back into shape is going to be more difficult than keeping it looking good in the first place. Once your lawn reaches a certain point, it makes more sense to hire one of your local landscape maintenance services to whip your yard back into shape. They'll be familiar with what does and doesn't work in your area, allowing them to complete in just a few weeks what it might take most people the better part of a full year or two to accomplish.
Fertilize: If you're not hiring any landscape maintenance services to assist, you're going to need to go to your local garden center and find a soil test kit to find out what nutrients your soil is deficient in. As you might have guessed due to having to mow every few days, grass is a fast-growing and hungry plant. It needs a lot of soil nutrients, especially nitrogen, to grow properly. But simply throwing fertilizer on the ground without testing the soil first could make things worse. There could be an over-abundance of some nutrient, something that can be just as bad as too little, which is causing the grass plants to die off. Research the amount of fertilizer that is appropriate for your type of grass.
Aerate/dethatch: Another common cause of grasses dying off is due to the individual grass plants' roots getting too crowded with one another. The yearly solution to this is to aerate the lawn with a special tool or shoes that have spikes on the bottom. Every few years, it's a good idea to use a special de-thatching tool that works somewhat like a miniature plow to break apart the grass roots, so that the dead roots can decay and make more room for the living roots. Both of these tasks can be extremely labor intensive, and you may want to hire a local landscape maintenance services company to handle them, even if you don't use the company for any other tasks.