Basic Lawn Maintenance Tips

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A beautiful lawn doesn't happen by accident. In fact, it requires common sense, persistency and some lawn care knowledge.

Watering

Sufficiently watering your lawn helps assure steady growth and color, especially during growing seasons. It's a good idea to give your lawn a deep watering of four to six inches of water, but in different soils, this is accomplished differently. For example, in clay soils, one inch of water will usually penetrate the depth of five inches. Loamy soils require less watering. Only æ of an inch of water will reach a good depth and in sandy soils, even less water is needed - about O inch.

Mowing Guidelines

Mowing the lawn helps keep your grass thicker and healthier. Be sure to change the direction and pattern of your mowings so that the grass doesn't always lean in one direction, making your yard look uneven. Altogether, mowing enhances grass root development.

Controlling Weeds

Weed control is of the utmost importance, not only for looks, but for the health of your lawn. Pesticides and other chemicals aren't a good idea as they obviously hurt the environment and can harm your health. Always look for natural alternatives for weed and pest control. Follow the directions carefully and be sure to learn whether the product can harm pets and other animals.

Feeding Your Lawn

Lawn fertilizers contain a good mix of "food" that helps a lawn stay green and maintain its blade strength and endurance. Fertilizers usually need an extra dose of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Most lawns don't have enough of any of these and need these substances to provide optimum growth and health.