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7 Tips for a Healthy Lawn

A healthy lawn is key to keeping your home looking its best. But maintaining a green and lush yard can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Below, you’ll find a list of seven tips for keeping your lawn happy and healthy. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be on your way to the perfect yard in no time!

Mow Regularly and at the Right Height

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Letting your grass grow too long can cause it to be susceptible to disease and pests. On the other hand, cutting your lawn too short can damage the grass and make it more difficult for the lawn to recover from stressors like heat and drought.

The best way to determine the proper mowing height for your lawn is to consult a lawn care professional. They will be able to assess the condition of your lawn and make recommendations based on the type of grass you have. A general rule of thumb, though, is between 2 and 4 inches.

In general, you should mow your lawn about once a week during the growing season. You may need to increase frequency during periods of rapid growth. If you have a lawn with a lot of traffic, you might need to mow more often to keep the grass from being trampled.

Don’t Scalp Your Lawn

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One of the most vital tactics for a healthy lawn is to avoid scalping it. Scalping occurs when you cut your grass too short, resulting in bare patches and an overall unhealthy lawn. Here’s why you should avoid scalping your lawn and how to keep it looking its best all season long.

When you scalp your lawn, you remove most of the leaf blade. This leaves the grassroots exposed and vulnerable to weeds, disease, and pests. Additionally, scalping stresses the grass plants, causing them to produce weaker blades that are more susceptible to drought and heat stress. Not only does this lead to an unhealthy lawn, but it also requires more work on your part to keep it looking its best.

Sharpen Your Mower Blade

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Lawn care isn’t just about mowing your lawn. It’s also about making sure your lawn mower is in good shape. Dull blades tear the grass rather than cut it, damaging your lawn and making it more susceptible to disease. In comparison, sharp blades provide a cleaner cut, which helps your lawn heal quickly and look its best.

Lawn care experts recommend sharpening your lawn mower blade at least once per season. If your lawn looks patchy or uneven, or you have hit rocks or stones with your mower, it’s probably time to sharpen the blade. Don’t wait too long, as a dull blade can seriously damage your lawn.

Use a Lawn Fertilizer

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Fertilizers give lawns the essential nutrients they need to grow thick and green. Not all lawns are the same, so it’s important to choose the right fertilizer for your lawn type. You should do a soil pH test before applying fertilizer to your lawn to know which nutrients your soil is missing.

There are three main types of lawn fertilizers: natural organic fertilizers, slow-release chemical fertilizers, and fast-release fertilizers.

Organic lawn fertilizer is made of natural materials such as composted manure or bone meal. It is a good choice for certified organic lawns or those who want to avoid using synthetic lawn fertilizers.

Slow-release lawn fertilizer is released slowly into the soil over time. It is a good choice for lawns that need a steady supply of nutrients. Slow-release lawn fertilizer is available in granular or pellet form.

Fast-release fertilizers, on the other hand, release their nutrients quickly. They’re strong, reasonably priced, and easy to apply. However, spreading or applying too much over a wet lawn in warm weather can hurt the grass.

No matter what type of lawn fertilizer you choose, follow the application instructions on the package. Over-fertilizing your lawn can be more harmful than beneficial, so applying the fertilizer correctly is essential.

Water Deeply but Less Often

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That’s right — deep, infrequent watering is actually better for your lawn than frequent shallow watering. Here’s why:

Deep watering encourages roots to grow deeply, and deep roots are essential for a healthy lawn.

Additionally, some types of grass are more drought-tolerant than others. By deep-watering your lawn less often, you encourage the growth of these more drought-tolerant grasses. In the long run, this will make your lawn more resilient to periods of drought.

When you water deeply, but less often, the water has a chance to sink into the soil, where the roots can use it. Shallower watering more frequently results in a lot of water being lost to evaporation and runoff.

Finally, fungi that often cause lawn diseases thrive in moist conditions. Watering deeply and less often creates drier conditions that are less conducive to fungal growth.

Aerate and Overseed Your Lawn

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Aeration is a technique where you make small holes in the soil so that air can reach the roots of the grass. Overseeding is planting new grass seed on an existing lawn. Together, these two processes can significantly boost your lawn’s health.

This process will help ensure that your lawn gets the water, oxygen, and nutrients it needs to thrive.

Control Weeds

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Weeds are lawn care public enemy number one. Not only do they rob your lawn of vital nutrients, water, and sunlight, but they also make it look unsightly. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to control the weed population on your lawn and keep it looking its best. Here are a few tips:

Pull weeds by hand: This is the most effective method of weed removal since you can get the entire root system out this way.

Use a hoe or trowel: For larger weeds with deeper roots, using a hoe or trowel will help you get the entire root system.

Spot treat with herbicide: If you have a particularly stubborn weed problem, you can spot treat with an herbicide. Follow the directions on the label carefully.

In Summary

Now you know the lawn care basics! It’s time to put them into practice. Between proper mowing techniques and tips on weeding, you’re now a pro! Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked well for you? Leave a comment below!

And if you’re looking for more information on how to take care of your lawn, check out these other articles. Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!

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