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5 Tips to a Perfect-Looking Lawn

Updated on September 16, 2012

Make this the year that you finally get your grass greener and your lawn looking superb! Here are 5 important tips to help you achieve your goal of a perfect looking lawn.

1. Keep your blades sharp

Dull lawnmower blades will rip your grass instead of giving it the clean cut that is essential for healthy lawn growth. Ripped or frayed grass blade tips cause the lawn to over-consume valuable nutrients, and also will welcome disease.

Most homeowners will have their mower blades sharpened once a year at best, and that is not nearly often enough. How often you need to sharpen your blades depends on several factors which include: the size of your lawn, terrain, and the frequency in which your lawn requires a trimming. As a rule of thumb I'd recommend sharpening the blades after every fourth mowing at least.

2. Mow your lawn frequently

Trimming off more than 1/3 of the height of your grass can be detrimental to the health of your lawn. Cutting too much grass off in a single mowing can severely stress your lawn. In fact, it may take several months for your lawn to fully recover from the stress incurred from one instance of over-mowing.

Don't be afraid to raise the blades on your lawnmower. The ideal height for a good looking healthy lawn is 2 to 4 inches. Many homeowners are guilty of setting the blades as low as possible to minimize the frequency in which they need to mow the lawn. Don't do that!

Depending on your location, current weather patterns and time of year; the frequency in which you'll have to mow your lawn may fluctuate a bit. During the peak of the growing season in your area I'd recommend mowing once every 14 days, or anytime the grass is approaching 6" in height.

3. Don't bag your clippings

A frequently mowed lawn requires no cleanup! Your sharp lawnmower blades will mulch those short grass clippings and deposit them back into your lawn, enriching the soil and fertilizing your grass. You may have to mow the lawn a little more frequently, but you'll never have to rake and bag grass clippings again.

4. Don't overwater your lawn

The amount of water required and frequency of waterings needed will vary depending on your specific conditions. Obviously, if you live in a hot and dry region you will have to water your lawn more often than someone who lives in a cooler region with more frequent rainfall.

Too much water on your lawn will deter oxygen from reaching the grass roots, and prevent normal and healthy growth of your lawn. Water should never puddle up on your lawn. If it does, you are watering your grass too much. The best way to ensure that your lawn is getting the proper amount of water is to test it with a soil moisture meter.

Keep an eye on your local weather forecast, and shy away from watering when rain is expected in the near future. Favor more frequent light watering over seldom heavy watering.

5. Don't water your lawn at night

Watering your lawn in the evening will leave your lawn wet throughout the night, leaving it vulnerable to fungus growth. Additionally, many insects that come out to feed at night will be lured into the moisture, and feast on your lawns root system. The ideal time to water a lawn is between 5am and 6am. Watering early in the morning allows the water to soak down into the roots before the afternoon sun evaporates it.

If you are not much of a morning person, and would prefer to sleep in; I recommend investing in a timed lawn sprinkler like the one below.

I hope you've found the information in this article helpful, and I wish you great success with your lawn care this year. If you have any questions, comments or lawn care tips you would like to share I welcome your feedback in the comments section below.


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