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3 Easy Steps to Beautiful Lawn Grass

Updated on January 13, 2015

3 DIY steps that will give you a great looking lawn

For most of us homeowners, there is nothing more rewarding than taking pride in our beautiful lawn. The troubling thing, there is a lot of like minded folks out there that spend hundreds of dollars every year on lawn care services they really do not need to.

Paying professional lawn care companies to take care of their lawn care needs, after all with the economy the way it is. We simply need to cut our lawn care cost and still maintain a beautiful lawn.

With the 3 steps discussed in this article that lay out exactly how to have the beautiful stand of grass in your lawn you always wanted. I believe you will begin to see it really is possible for you to control lawn care cost, and maintain your own beautiful lawn.

How and when to use weed Killers

Step one,

What is and when should we use a pre emergent weed killer?

What is a pre emergent weed killer, I think it is easier to understand when we look at it this way. The pre emergent weed killers simply keep the weed seeds from germinating and growing up to be weeds. Kill the seed and there will be no weed.

When should we use preemergent weed killers?

Here in the United States, we enjoy the northern hemisphere and its growing seasons. Where our target date for applying a pre emergent weed killer before the spring growing season is March 15th, just before the soil warms to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the clover and crabgrass seeds begin to germinate.Preemergent Weed killers are only effective for a short time, using them too early. They will simply be washed a-way or lose their effectiveness. While using them too late the seeds will have already germinated and the pre emergent weed killers will not kill the weeds.

To apply a pre emergent weed killer in late summer, the best time is on or around September 15th, as the weeds are ready to deposit their seeds to the late summer breezes. Look at it this way, a pre emergent weed killer is like birth control for weeds, the more weed seeds we kill in late summer and early fall, means fewer weeds to contend with in spring, witch I think you will agree is a good thing in deed. Think of it this way, an ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure.

The best way to apply a pre emergent weed killer is, first remember use a granulated pre emergent weed killer. Using a drop spreader makes it easier to keep the weed killer where you want it, and not where it will damage or even kill your perennials. Just make sure to check the chart on your weed killer package for the correct settings for your drop spreader, and make the necessary adjustments.

Hand Held Lawn Seeder / Spreader

Lawn Grass Fertilizers

Step two,

How to fertilize a lawn

Before we start fertilizing our lawn, what do you say we discuss a couple important things we should know? Like what two types of fertilizers homeowners like us commonly use on our lawn grass. How and when we should use them, and just for curiosity sake, what the numbers on the packages mean.

I just want to share this little fun fact with you. Water-soluble lawn food / fertilizers like the lawn care companies use and charge high prices for on our lawns, do not last long in the soil. They do give our lawn grass a quick pick me up however, they will need repeated applications frequently to maintain a beautiful lawn. If I may add one more thing, before putting fertilizer on our established lawn in spring, first wait until the grass has had time to green up and you have cut the grass a couple times, use a soil test kit and then fertilize your lawn with the slow release complete granulated fertilizer it needs.

New Lawn or starter fertilizers are very effective when used to establish grass seed, sod, lawn reseeding, or lawns less than two years old. All these lawns benefit from new lawn or starter fertilizers to get them on their way to becoming a healthy lawn.

Generally, new lawn and starter fertilizers contain less nitrogen and more phosphorus with just a trace of potassium, like Scotts 20-27-5 lawn starter fertilizer. The first number, in this case 20, represents the percentage of nitrogen the fertilizer contains. Then 27 percent phosphorus and 5 percent potassium, leaving the other 48 percent as just fillers that provide no nutritional benefit.

Things you should know about slow release fertilizers

Slow release fertilizers contain Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in different percentages than the new lawn and starter fertilizers. Established lawn grasses, perennials, ornamental trees and bushes have different nutritional needs. Just remember like we humans like different people food, different varieties of plants like different plant foods and soil conditions.

To be sure, what our lawn soil condition is, we really owe it to ourselves and our lawn to test our lawn soil condition. It really is easy, just pick-up a good quality soil test kit at your local home-improvement center or a landscaping and gardening supply center. You can also pick-up your soil kit from Amazon if you would rather shop on line and save your time and money. Follow the simple and easy to understand instructions included with the soil test kit, and we will find out exactly what the condition of our lawn soil is, and more importantly what our lawn needs.

A simple rule of thumb to remember, to maintain a healthy lawn keep the PH level of the lawn soil between 6PH & 7.5PH for both, the warm season grass, and cool season grass.

How to Fertilize a Lawn

Go green with electric mulching mower

When and How to cut the grass

Step three

When and how to mow your lawn

The single most important lawn care tool homeowners use every spring and summer is their lawnmower. Keeping our lawnmower in good operating condition is extremely important. Our lawnmower absolutely must have a good sharp blade at all times. Mowing with a dull blade tears the blades of grass rather than cut them. Tearing the blades of grass stresses the plants and causes them to yellow and turn brown. Cutting the grass cleanly, stimulates new growth and just looks better, because it is healthy

For many of us, lawn maintenance work like mowing our grass is let us just say, a bit tricky, especially in spring, when our grass is growing like crazy. As soon as our lawn soil temperature reaches, 50 degrees Fahrenheit, combined with the spring rains keeping our lawn grass well irrigated, it simply grows and grows.

The secret to mowing a lawn in spring is, keeping our lawn mowed to the recommended height of no less than two and one half inches, and no more than three inches high, all the while, keeping with the recommendation, not to cut more than one-third of the grass with each mowing.

You see, mowing a lawn less than two and one half inches, stresses the grass plants, and makes it all but impossible for the grass to survive the hot dry days of late summer unless you water it often. While allowing the grass to grow taller than three inches, makes it hard to get back under control, and just absolutely looks bad. That is unless of course you are one of those folks that like that unkempt pasture look.

For the rest of us, mow the lawn twice a week when you must to keep the grass under control. Try not to cut more than an inch too one and one half inch each time you mow your lawn. Remember the 3 easy steps to beautiful lawn grass and enjoy a beautiful lawn all spring and summer, you deserve the lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Enjoy your beautiful lawn, and landscape projects. Mike

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      Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Roger that, my wife is a high school teacher who awakes each morning between 3:30am and 4:00am.

      What is it they say, early to bed, early to rise.

      At any rate, enjoy the early bird special, and stop for ice cream on the way home.

      Best wishes, enjoy working in the lawn. Mike

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I know you didn't mean to be funny....but "a night on the Town," for Jim & I is an Early Bird Special at a cafe on the Lake and back home in our jammies by 6pm. Not only are we sorta old(er)....we're up at 5a.m....before the damned rooster!

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      Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      fpherj48 thanks for your comment, I hope your husband saves enough money on the lawn care, he finds it in his heart to take you out for a night on the town.

      Happy gardening and thanks again for your kind words. Mike

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      What a wonderful wealth of very useful information! I printed your hub for my husband...a self-proclaimed Lawn King. He's totally impressed and hung your hub in a place of honor....right above his riding mower! You really know your TURF!! Voted up, useful & interesting