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12 Feb 2017
6 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Lawn

6 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Lawn

A healthy lawn needs to be more than just a patch of grass. A healthy lawn provides a comfortable place to walk, sit or play. Lawn maintenance sounds like yard work when really it is a simple way to improve you home. Just as people judge a book by its cover, so do they judge a home by its lawn.

Mower Blade Height

If you do not have a uniformly green lawn, the problem may actually stem from the height of your mower blades. Improve the color of your lawn by setting the mower blades so that no more than a third of the current height of blades of grass get lopped off.

Fertilizer

Synthetic lawn fertilizers high in nitrogen give a deceptive appearance of a healthy lawn while actually raising the risk of damage due to fungus and insects. Using a slow-acting organic fertilizer is a more effective lawn care tip.

Aeration

Another valuable lawn care tip that improves the effects of watering and more decomposition more efficient is aeration. Aeration is simply a fancy word for making holes in the grass. Do it with athletic spikes or even a stick sharpened at one end.

Watering

Match the watering of your lawn to the effects of evaporation. Avoid watering during or immediately after the hottest part the day to beat the effects of evaporation. If a healthy green lawn is what you really desire, then start each day off in the morning by watering the grass.

Patching

Cut out a small area of a damaged lawn and replace it with a matching piece taken from the section that isn’t highly visible. Tamp down both segments in their respective areas the result is an instant improvement of an unsightly flaw.

Weed Killing

One very easy way to kill off the problem of weeds is to stop parking vehicles on the grass. Weeds are more likely to spring from compacted soil than loose soil. Parking your car in the garage or on the driveway is actually a form of lawn maintenance.

12 Dec 2016
Show Your Lawn Some Love When the Winter Winds Come

Show Your Lawn Some Love When the Winter Winds Come

If you think winter is an excuse to get lazy and do nothing about your lawn, think again. The winter season is the perfect time to show your lawn some tender loving care, and to prepare for a beautiful, lush spring. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already covered and stored your lawn mower, and put your overpriced garden gloves away for the winter. Here are some winter season tips to ensure that your yard looks like a million dollars in the springtime.

Use the Colder Months for Fertilizing

The most popular lawn grasses are cool season varieties like Bermuda and Bluegrass, and the best time to fertilize these is early winter. After the harsh winds have set in, but before the first freeze takes hold, fertilize your lawn vigorously. Your soil is depleted and dry following the hot summer months, so don’t let it languish in the winter winds. The nutrients you replace in the soil early in the winter will feed your lawn’s roots, even under snow and ice. Come spring, your healthy green lawn will be the envy of your neighbors. You can tell them your secret is keeping a green thumb under your winter mitts.

Keep Your Lawn Cropped, Clean and Clear for the Winter

You must avoid the temptation to stop manicuring your lawn as winter approaches, because overgrown and unkempt grass is a sure invitation to field mice and other rodents. Mice build nests all over your yard, and they uproot your lawn to do it. Mow your lawn as short as possible just before Old Man Winter arrives, and lawn care in the spring will be a breeze.

Likewise, get all objects off your lawn before you start your hibernation, including toys, lawn furniture and sporting equipment. Make it a point to conduct weekly checks in the dead of winter, because any items left on your grass can create large bald spots. Even a light object sitting on the lawn will discolor your grass, at the least.

Follow these tips and tricks for seasonal lawn care, and stopping giving your lawn the cold shoulder in winter!

26 Nov 2016
5 Professional Tips for Mowing Your Lawn

5 Professional Tips for Mowing Your Lawn

A well kept lawn is an important aesthetic to many homeowners. In fact, one of the most common complaints that people make about neighbors is a lawn that isn’t well kept. If you want to mow a beautiful lawn each time you cut the grass and to keep up your lawn care, implement the following techniques:

Mow in a Different Direction Each Time You Cut the Grass

Don’t get into a habit of mowing the lawn in the same way each time. Lawn mowing the same route over and over causes those unsightly stripes you don’t like. Those stripes often grow back irregularly as well, further interfering with your vision of a clean cut green lawn. To prevent this from happening, mow perpendicularly the next time you cut the grass.

Tend to Your Lawn in Mid to Late Morning

The best time to cut the grass is mid to late morning because the morning dew has dried and it’s still cool outside. Tending to the lawn in mid morning gives it enough time to heal by evening. The yard is more at risk for fungus disease if it doesn’t have the chance to heal and dry before evening.

Use Low Speeds for Turning Corners and Trimming Borders

Another professional lawn care secret is to turn the mower down to low speed when turning corners and trimming borders. It helps you stay in control and get a closer cut. When you’re mowing an open area, keep the mower at medium speed.

Keep the Grass About 3 Inches Tall

When mowing the lawn, you should avoid cutting the grass too short because it can enable weeds to invade and damages the root system of the grass. Leave the grass about three inches tall to nurture a deeper root system while giving the yard a better appearance.

It’s easy to mow a beautiful green lawn like a professional when you implement the four techniques listed above. These are rules that lawn care professionals usually follow themselves.

14 Oct 2016
3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

With the winter nearby, you might not have a lot of time to think about your lawn. Lawn care isn’t easy after all. You might feel that you do not need to take care of your lawn as the grass grows more slowly during the fall. However, it’s exactly now that plants need more care, as they are preparing for the hard winter ahead by absorbing more energy, moisture, and nutrients than before. If you want a green lawn, these Fall Tips are some of them that you need to follow.

1. Do not stop mowing

However, do no trim more than one third of the grass blades at one go. Your lawn needs to get at least an inch of water every week and continue to remove any dead leaves that you would find.

Mowing the lawn from time to time, especially those patches where you can see or where you suspect any weed growth. Keep cutting to the right height to get the best results when it comes to lawn care.

2. It’s time to aerate the soil

Aerating the lawn will mean that your plants get more fertilizers and oxygen that they will need to power themselves during winters. This will also prevent the soil from being covered with thatch. The plants would be able to get more water, oxygen and nutrients from the soil helping them deal with the upcoming winter.

Fertilize your lawn this Fall. This is because while the grass leaves tend to grow more slowly now, the grass roots do grow more quickly and they need food.

3. Grow a thick lawn

Growing thick patches of grass and other plants in your lawn can actually help counter weed infestations. These thick grass and plants will outnumber the weed seeds or weed plants as the case may be. They will prevent the weed from sucking away the important resources needed by your essential plants.

A periodic but infrequent dosage of weedicides in your lawn is important. Despite the best of the measures taken by lawn owners, sometimes weeds find their way into the lawn. Weedicides can help kill off weed plants and seeds.

These simple lawn care tips will help ensure that you have a green lawn.

27 Jul 2013

Make Your Next Lawn Mowing Experience a Success!

Nothing compares to the smell or look of freshly cut grass in your yard. For decades, freshly mowed grass has been something homeowners pride themselves on. The regular mowing of your lawn oxygenates the air you breathe and also helps prevent infestation by ticks and chiggers. Still, achieving a green, well-cut lawn can often be easier said than done.

Here are a few tips to help you with your next mowing:

  • Follow the 1/3 rule—Some grasses are not meant to be cut short. If you are unsure of how short to cut your grass, it is safe to never cut more than a 1/3 of the grass blade length when mowing. If you are repeatedly cutting your lawn too close, your grass will undergo a lot of stress and turn brown, which makes grass even more vulnerable to disease and pests!

  • Wait for dry grass—Always be sure to mow when the grass blades are dry.

  • Change the pattern each time you mow—Every time you cut your grass, there is a grain in the blade that leans in the direction you are mowing. Changing the pattern of direction can give more attractive, upright growth to your grass.

  • Leave clippings on your lawn—The clippings allow nutrients and nitrogen to go back into the soil, feeding your lawn. If the clippings are forming clumps or the grass is longer, you can remove them.

  • For shaded areas of your lawn, keep the grass higher—By not mowing the grass as short here, the grass will not have to compete as much with tree roots for nutrients and water.

  • Hot, dry weather—It is best not to mow your lawn as often in this climate. Also, keep cool season grasses at a taller height.

  • Check your mower blades regularly—It is important that your mower blades are sharp and balanced. This can go a long way in keeping pests at bay. Also, the your grass will be able to heal faster in between mowing!

While mowing the lawn is something that most people can do without any training, always make sure to read your lawn mower instructions manual and follow the safety precautions for operating your lawn mower safely. Keeping this tips in mind will help you get the most out of your lawn mowing efforts, giving you a yard that will be the envy of your neighbords.