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Why Is My Lawn Not As Green As My Neighbor’s?

Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence…literally?
 
Having your neighbor’s lawn upstage your own can be a constant source of frustration. But with so many cultural, seasonal, and conditional factors at play, this can happen even with the highest level of care.
 
Weed Man has put together a list of factors that can impact yards on a case by case basis. Turf type, color going in to the winter season, wind exposure, and mowing conditions/results are just a few reasons for different shades of green throughout the winter. Read on below!
 
Turf Type. Fescue will go off color in the winter before ryegrass or bluegrass. It is simply the nature of the turf species. Ryegrass and bluegrass are able to withstand the colder weather better than fescue. If you and your neighbor(s) have different types of grass, this could certainly be the reason behind the discrepancy.
 
Too Much Fertilizer. Grass that was over fertilized in the fall has a tendency to become discolored in the winter. Over-fertilization late in the year makes the lawn look very lush, but can also cause grass blades to become tender and make the lawn more susceptible to stress from cold and wind.
 
Harsh Weather. Chilly, windy winter weather dehydrates grass blades, turning them yellow or brown. Areas of the lawn protected from winter winds stay much greener throughout the winter months.
 
Your Mowing Practices. If you lowered your mower blade before the last mowing of the year, and if this was done after the soil temperatures dropped below 50 degrees, you will be going into winter with grass that doesn’t have time to recover. Lowering your cutting height exposes parts of the grass that are not as green as the top part of the blades. With the cooler soil temperatures present in winter, the grass will not be able to grow out and turn greener.
 
Your Mower Blade. Is your mower blade razor sharp? If not, your lawn may be feeling the after effects of a dull blade. Dull mower blades tear at the grass plants and leave behind shredded tips. With soil temperatures dropping below 50 degrees, your lawn will likely go into the winter with a “white” look, unable to recover.
 
The arrival of warmer spring weather will help discolored, winter-weary turf – but you’ll need to do your part, too. Improving your cultural practices to mow at the right height and with a sharp blade will allow your lawn to maintain a lush, green appearance and look just as good (if not better!) than your neighbor’s.
 
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