Why Isn't My Grass Growing?

Posted on Feb 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Why Isn't My Grass Growing? | The Experienced Gardener

For anyone with a front yard that they care about, grass is incredibly important. It can change the entire look of your house. Even if your home itself is perfectly painted and decorated, it can look neglected if your yard is brown and dying.

What’s the cause of your lawn care struggles? It can be hard to answer that question without actually seeing your lawn. If you’d like some direct help with your lawn problems, you can always contact us. We help residential clients with landscape issues every day, and would be happy to do the same for you.

But if you’d like to try and tackle this issue on your own first, then read on. We’ll discuss four possible reasons your grass won’t grow:

You’re Not Fertilizing Your Grass Enough

Contrary to popular belief, it usually takes a little more than sunlight, air and water to help grass grow these days. It’s vital that you fertilize, especially in drought-ridden California. Even though we’ve had rain this year, you never know how long it’ll be , so fertilizing is critical. Your lawn needs all the help it can get.

You Haven’t Gotten Rid Of the Weeds

We know that most people absolutely hate pulling weeds. It’s one of the most dreaded chores across the board. Weeds are not only an eyesore, they compete with the grass for soil space and sunlight. And if you let the weeds grow too long, they’re going to become taller than, and overwhelm your grass altogether. So grab some weed killer or pull on some gloves and start ridding your yard of these lawn ruiners.

You’re Not Aerating Your Lawn

Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn, but many people aren’t quite sure what it is. Aeration is essentially punching a bunch of holes in your lawn, which seems easy but can do a world of good. These holes will give the grass roots direct access to water, fertilizer, oxygen and sunlight. All of those things will help your grass grow stronger and lusher.

You’re Not Protecting Your Lawn

A little known step to a strong landscape is to protect it during the winter. When the sunlight is scarce and plants are starting to die out, your grass is in a vulnerable state. That’s why it’s so important that you don’t step on it – you can easily damage the grass during this state. On top of that, don’t ignore things like piles of leaves that cover your grass. They often block much-needed sunlight.


If you’ve tried implementing these things to no avail, call a professional. We can put together a plan that will help bring your lawn back to life and make it look better than ever. Even if you’d rather handle the day-to-day maintenance on your own, hiring a professional to occasionally come in, do some work, and talk with you about recommendations can be enough to completely transform your lawn.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens