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Why Does My Neighbor’s Lawn Look Better Than Mine?

The common proverb The grass is always greener on the other side is all about perception and envy. It means that we often perceive things to be better for someone else because we don’t have a full understanding of their situation.

That can certainly be quite true when it comes to looking at our neighbor’s yard. 

At a quick glance, things might seem a lot better on the other side of the fence. Maybe the neighbors grass is greener (literally!) and you want to understand why.

In your own quest for a greener lawn, you want to understand what changes you should make.

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In this article, we’ll explain why sometimes the neighbor’s yard can be quite different from your own. There might be a lot of different scenarios at play, but we’ll help you to better understand what could be going on.

Why is my Neighbor’s Grass Greener?

As we’ve mentioned, there are a lot of potential reasons why a neighbor’s lawn might look better than yours. Some are truly greener for the right reasons. 

But sometimes, lawns are only perceived to be greener. 

Let’s dive into some different scenarios so that you can understand what might be going on.

Your Neighbor Has Been Using Professional Lawn Care Longer Than You

Sometimes your neighbor might have a greener lawn because it IS healthier than 
yours. Perhaps they’ve been using a lawn care program for much longer than you have and their soil health is thriving. Healthy soil equates to a greener lawn.

We come across this situation a lot when we have new clients who are just starting out with one of our lawn care programs. They want to see quick results because they’re frustrated that their neighbor’s grass is greener. But it’s simply not going to happen overnight. You’ll need to give it time and trust the process.

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Your Neighbor is Taking Better Care of Their Greener Lawn

Professional lawn care is really important when it comes to a green lawn. But there are also tasks that you should be doing on your own. 

Things like keeping up with watering and mowing your lawn properly can make a huge difference in how green your lawn will be. This is true even if you’re having your lawn professionally fertilized.

In fact, people sometimes jump to the conclusion that their lawn care company must have done something wrong since their lawn is not as green as they want it to be. In reality, it could be something like failing to keep up with watering or making a mowing mistake.

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For instance, when a lawn is mowed too short, it puts a tremendous amount of stress on the lawn and it’s going to turn yellow. This can happen even if your lawn care company is doing all the right things to help try and give you a greener lawn.

If your neighbor’s grass is greener, they might be doing a better job of keeping up with these tasks.

Your Neighbor is Invested in the Best Care

It’s also worth mentioning that not all lawn care programs are created equally. We’ve talked about this in other blog articles. It’s important to look at what you’re getting for the lawn care that you’re investing in.

As we’ve mentioned, Limbwalker is focused on soil health as without healthy soil, you can’t have a healthy lawn. 

We include specialized treatments that offer microbiology to your soil. This will help to improve the overall quality of your soil which is incredibly important. People don’t always realize that the health of your lawn actually lies in the soil it’s growing in.

Along with that, we also recommend that people invest in powerseeding if they truly want to have the greenest and healthiest lawn possible.

At Limbwalker, we recommend power seeding every other year to help keep your lawn thick and healthy while pushing out pesky weeds and reducing the need for herbicides. The thicker and healthier your lawn is, the happier you’ll be.

If you’re noticing that your neighbor’s lawn looks greener and healthier than yours and they’re investing in powerseeding (and you aren’t)...then this could be the difference.

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Your Neighbor is Adding Iron to their Lawn

If you find that your neighbor has a greener lawn than you do, one factor to keep in mind is that your neighbor may be adding iron to their fertilizer.

Iron is essential for the production of chlorophyll, and adding iron to your fertilizer mix is the quickest way to “green-up” your lawn.  

Limbwalker offers an iron additive to our fertilizer mixes for Platinum-level lawn clients. A granular iron is mixed directly into the regular fertilizer and spread out onto the lawn. The greening effect happens in one week (with at least one good water soaking), and lasts for two months. 

Get the Best Louisville Lawn Care 

If you’re looking for a greener lawn, then you want to make sure you’re getting the best Louisville lawn care.

Getting the best lawn care results boils down to partnering with a great lawn care company. It’s important that you take time to research your options so that you choose a company that’s going to be able to deliver the best.

While it can be a lot of work on the front end, when you research your options, you really do wind up saving yourself time and aggravation on the back end. 

If you end up with a company that you aren’t happy with, you end up back to the drawing board and have to go through the decision-making process all over again. Then you’ll also be set back when it comes to experiencing that greener lawn you’ve been wanting.

But when you make a wise choice in lawn care, you’ll get your lawn on the right path toward being greener and healthier. Soon, your neighbors will be the ones wondering what you’re doing and why your lawn is greener than theirs.

At Limbwalker, we want to be your partner in success.


We simplify the entire lawn care process for you by offering lawn care programs that have everything your lawn needs to perform its best. You’ll no longer have to worry about whether your lawn is helping or hurting property value and will simply be able to feel confident your lawn is getting everything it needs.

Want to learn more about professional lawn care services for your Louisville home? Request your quote, choose the lawn care program that’s right for you, and then sit back and relax as the pros help you get the lawn of your dreams!

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Chris O'Bryan

Chris O'Bryan

Chris grew up in Louisville, KY. He holds a Forestry degree from the The University of Kentucky and a Master's Degree in Economics from Clemson University. He is a Certified Arborist and 5-time Kentucky Tree Climbing Champion. When not at work, he has fun with his family, enjoys traveling, one-wheeling, and working in his yard.

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