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Lawn Care Tips for Great Grass

Updated on November 15, 2010

Keeping a good lawn requires consistency and hard work. This article will provide some simple strategies you can do to keep your grass looking good.

General Tips:

  • Watering your lawn: Most lawns really only need to be watered at most every other day. If you make sure to water sufficiently each time, watering more than 3 or 4 times a week may do more harm than good. The exception to this rule is if you have reseeded damaged patches. Reseeded patches should be watered with a very gentle mist 2-3 times a day for 3 weeks or until the seedlings are mature.

  • Mowing your lawn: A lot of well meaning homeowners mow their lawn far too short. Ideally, your lawn should be kept at 3.5 inches or taller. Any shorter and you leave your lawn vulnerable to heat and weeds.

  • Weeding: Although weed killers can help, there is no substitute to getting on your hands and knees and pulling weeds out by the root.

Things you can do during the spring:

  • Get rid of thatch: Be sure to rake your lawn every spring with a metal rake. This will reduce the amount of thatch or dead grass and organic material. Too much thatch can prevent new grass from growing well.

  • Fertilize with a weed and feed: Weed and feed fertilizers make a great combination. The weed killer helps prevent weeds from taking over early, and the fertilizer gives your grass the jolt it needs to get going and stay green.

  • Overseed if necessary: If your lawn is young or needs extra help, try overseeding in the spring. Overseeding is the process of reseeding your lawn to give it a boost of potential seedlings. Directions for doing this should be on the back of most grass seed bags.

  • Lawn Repair: Spring (or fall) is the best time to reseed damaged spots on your lawn. Packages of soil for such repairs are easily obtainable and reseeding is simple, but time consuming. Be sure to water these patches frequently.

  • Wait on mowing: Try waiting until your lawn height is 4.5 inches (if local code allows) before you mow it the first time in spring. This will shade and kill out many weeds that may be staring to pop up.

Things to do during the Summer:

  • Continue mowing and watering on a consistent schedule during the summer. Remember that frequent mowing (at least 1x per week) at a high height is healthiest for your lawn. Also , one or two more fertilizations may be necessary to keep your lawn in top shape. Error on the side of caution, as overfertilizing can kill your lawn.

Things to do during the Fall:

  • Aerate if necessary. Aeration is the process of putting thousands of small holes into your lawn in areas of poor growth or poor drainage. Your lawn may need to be aerated if it remains wet and soggy for a long period of time after the rain or watering has ended. Aerators can be rented and this can be done quickly, but be sure to avoid any sprinkler water lines or other buried lines.

  • Continue to mow and water as necessary. The fall is often a time that mowing and watering your lawn may slow down and eventually end as cold temperatures and decreased sunlight naturally put your lawn into hibernation.

  • The fall is another time that raking your lawn to remove debris and thatch is a good time. Additionally, overseeding should also be done in the fall and will help jump-start your lawn come spring.

  • Apply a Winter Fertilizer: Winter fertilizers help give your lawn a strong root system to make it through a destructive winter season.

Although all this sounds like a lot of work, it will bring you great pride to have a healthy and green lawn.

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