Award-winning Lawn Care Tips

Award-winning Lawn Care Tips

Award-winning Lawn Care TipsWouldn't it be nice to sit outside your home this summer, looking at the lush green lawn which you've carefully tended, and be the envy of your neighbors? Achieving a lawn worthy of "Lawn of the Month" in your community isn't very difficult, especially if you do the necessary prep work in the fall. Maybe you didn't get that far on your "to-do list" before winter crept up on you. Never fear, follow these four tips to get your lawn in tiptop shape for spring:

Clean It Up

Once your grass is nearly all green — and do be sure to wait, or else you risk compacting the grass and killing newly sprouted shoots — it's time to clean it up and aerate it. Use your leaf rake to clean up the dead grass and bits of thatch that have accumulated. This not only makes your lawn tidier, but also allows the living grass access to more nutrients. Popular Mechanics suggests that, after your lawn has been raked, you break out the aerator to help loosen the soil which opens the pathways for the grass to be nourished, and allows the grass to grow more easily.

Test the Soil

No need for a degree in biochemistry required. You can buy a test kit from most lawn care stores, or take a soil sample to your county's USDA extension office and have them run the tests for you. Many lawns become more acidic during the winter, so it's a good idea to give your lawn a little spring check-up so that you know the best type of fertilizer to use. According to Patch (2), the three most important components to test are organic matter, pH levels and the calcium-to-magnesium ratio. Once you know if the soil has any deficiencies, you can talk with a garden specialist to learn how you can best feed your malnourished lawn.

Fertilize It

For the safety of your family and pets, use an organic fertilizer in the spring and fall. A thin layer spread evenly over the grass will give it the nutrient boost it needs to stay healthy all summer long. Remember that if you go green and use organic, it will take longer to see results than with traditional chemical fertilizers. If possible, leave the clippings on the grass so that the nutrients in the clippings can replenish the soil, and stay out of the landfill.

Keep the Weeds at Bay

Although fall is the most effective time to tackle those pesky weeds, says that Spring is a good time to apply some herbicide to keep weeds at bay. Also, keep your grass cut to no less than 3-inches, to help combat weeds.

Now that you've got your lawn prepped and ready for the year, it's time to start looking at the many lawn mower options that are available. If you've got a small yard, an environmentally friendly push mower is worth considering. For larger lawns, a riding mower might be a more comfortable way to cut grass when the sun is blazing this summer. No matter what your needs are, there are plenty of lawn mower options from which to choose.

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