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The grass is always greener -- in your yard, once you've discovered the lawn care tips and tricks in these videos.
You Will Need
- Soil test
- Grass seed
- Water soaking system
- Blade sharpener
- Lawn mower
- Aerating service
Get a soil test
Break out the garden implements and mower once winter ends. Get a soil test in the spring with advice from your local nursery to determine your lawn's pH level. Fertilize with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium -- but don't overdo it.
Choose the right grass seed
Fill in spots or start a lawn with grass seed suited to your local environment. Pay attention to shady and full sun types to be sure you're giving the grass a fighting chance.
Water the lawn
Water the lawn in the morning instead of the hot afternoon hours, and use a soaking system that averts the inevitable evaporation from sprinklers. Let the lawn dry before watering again, which means you don't have to do it every day.
Sharpen mower blades
Sharpen your lawnmower blades a couple times each summer. A ragged cut grass tip invites infections and threatens the whole lawn.
Mow the grass
Mow no more than one third of the grass height to avoid burning the lawn out in hotter months. Higher grass allows more surface to absorb sunlight. Leave the cuttings in the lawn for mulch and allow the lawn to grow a root system, fight pests, and stem disease.
Aerate the lawn
Aerate the lawn yearly to keep it from becoming compacted. Use a professional company to do this at the right time, and let the resultant plugs lie on the lawn to break back down into the soil.
Rake thatch out of the lawn in the spring or fall to keep it from building up and blocking nutrients and water from percolating into the earth. Your lush lawn will end up greener than that tasteless Astroturf rug on the patio.