Lawn Care — Lawns are awesome, and they can be easier to maintain when you understand these quick tips.
Grass height and how often you mow are the two most important factors. You should not remove more than 1/3 of the blade height when you mow.
For example, if your grass is 3 inches tall, you’ll want to mow off an inch or less. Also, you’ll want to cut at a height that is healthy for the type of grass in your lawn. See our lawn height table and get more mowing tips to give your lawn the right cut.
It’s best to water your grass when it needs it. Difficult to do in an age of automatic sprinklers, but your grass will be more resilient if you water deep once a week instead of every day for a few minutes. Morning is the best time to water because it prevents evaporation and fungus growth. Get more watering tips.
Lawns need a lot of nutrients and without it, your grass will be thin instead of thick, brown instead of green and be more susceptible to weeds, pests and diseases. Fall is the best time to fertilize cool season grasses (around Labor Day) and if you have poor soil you may need to fertilize a couple times a year. Get **more fertilizing info to make your neighbors jealous.
Trimming, Edging and Cleanup
Most professionals do all three because it looks great, but you’ll need more than just your mower. If you can afford one other tool besides a mower, get a trimmer. A string trimmer can be used to trim and edge and hopefully a breeze will come through and cleanup for you. Get more on **trimming, edging and cleanup.
Helps prevent the soil from compacting and introduces air (a source of nitrogen) and nutrients into the soil where the roots are. Lawn aeration is generally done once every 1-2 years in the spring. If your lawn gets a lot of foot traffic or has poor soil, it may benefit from more than one aeration treatment a year.
Thatch is dead grass that overtime builds up on top of the soil. A little thatch is good and protects the soil from evaporation, wind and extreme temperatures. If you have too much thatch, it can keep water from reaching the soil and be a fertile home to pests and fungus. Ideally you want about 1/4 – 1/2 inch of thatch. If your healthy lawn is producing too much, you can remove it with a dethatcher or a steel rake. Get **more thatch info.
Controlling Weeds, Pests and Diseases
A healthy lawn will naturally fight weeds and pests. Most lawn diseases are caused by fungus. Watering in the morning can help prevent fungus from growing at night. Weeds should be treated with a chemical pre-emergent in the spring and bugs and pests can be easily handled with the proper insecticide. Get **more treatments details for lawn diseases, weeds and pests.
The Complete Lawn Maintenance Schedule
A healthy, luscious lawn may seem like a lot of work. Save time by using this **lawn care schedule to simplify and organize.
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