How to Keep Your Lawn Healthy

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    Having A Healthy Lawn
    Most homeowners long for a lush, verdant lawn, but many find it difficult to convert the dream into reality. You do not have to be an expert to grow a beautiful lawn, but you must create an environment that will help your grass resist disease, weeds and pests. Mowing correctly and watering and fertilizing at the right times will help you establish a healthy lawn that will enhance the curb appeal of your home.

    Follow some common-sense guidelines to keep your lawn healthy.

    1. Treat your soil with an occasional application of compost or grass clippings to add nutrients and improve texture.

    2. Aerate lawns every year or two to help water and air penetrate the soil. Aerating the lawn involves removing plugs of soil with an aerating machine or handheld aerating equipment, depending on the size of the lawn.

    3. Fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall with a slow-release fertilizer intended specifically for lawns.

    4. Cut only the top one-third of the plant when you mow your lawn. Keep grass height at about 3 inches. Longer grass is more drought-tolerant, and weeds will move in if the grass is cut too short.

    5. Keep your mower blades sharp to avoid tearing and damaging the grass.   

    6. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. They will decompose into a natural fertilizer.

    7. Vary your cutting pattern. When you mow your lawn in the same direction every time, the mower wheels will compact the soil, preventing grass from growing properly.

    8. Ensure your lawn gets 1 inch of water per week, either from rainfall or irrigation. Place a rain gauge or empty container near your sprinkler to measure the amount of water your grass receives each week.

    9. Treat bare patches by raking the soil and reseeding with grass that matches the rest of your lawn.

    Image Credit: Sergiu Bacioiu
    Written By: Shannon R

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