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Basic Lawn Care Tips

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Lawn care can get overwhelming if you are a beginner, but it doesn’t have to be. By just following a few simple tips you can have a great looking, healthy lawn that you can be proud of! Although there is a little bit of science to it, the basics lawncare come down to putting in some good old fashioned hard work!

Below are the three basics of lawn care that I believe if you are a beginner, will help you get started:


Mowing your lawn is of course the foundation of proper lawn care, but before you take off with your lawn mower, here are a few tips to follow:

Mowing Height

  • Mow your grass high
  • I was guilty of cutting my grass too short as a beginner because I always thought “Hey, I won’t have to cut it again as soon!” This type of mowing harmed my grass though, and did not let it reach its full potential.
  • When you mow your grass too short, it can make it turn brown because it reduces the plant’s vitality, while also increasing its need for nutrients and water.
  • A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than 1/3 of the length of your grass when you mow. Try to leave your grass between 2 and 4 inches high.
  • Mowing your grass higher will mean you need to cut it more often, but it will be healthier

Mowing Direction

If you can, try and mow your lawn in a different direction each time. Your grass will start to “lean” towards the direction of your cutting if your pattern is the same each time. Varying your direction will result in a better looking lawn

Sharp Mower Blade

Keep your lawn mower blade sharp! A dull mower blade will tear and bruise the grass, leaving it susceptible to pests and other diseases

Mulch Your Grass Clipping

  • Do not bag your lawn grass clippings
  • I suggest using a mulching mower blade and just leaving them lay
  • The grass mulch acts as a great organic fertilizer that will help delivery nutrients to your grass while also helping to maintain soil moisture
  • Read more about mulching your grass here


Fertilizers provide your grass with the extra nutrients that it needs to remain strong and healthy during it’s growing season.

Benefits of fertilizer:

  • Helps develop strong roots, and thicker “turf like” grass
  • Certain types of fertilizer offer a “weed and feed” combination which feeds your lawn while also killing weeds
  • Keeps your lawn looking green and healthy
  • Find out more about lawn fertilizers from Lowes.


It is best practice to ensure that your lawn is getting at least 1-2 inches of water a week. If mother nature is not supplying the water, then you may need to look into a sprinkler system, or a good old fashioned garden hose depending on your lot size. To keep track of the rain level, you can use a rain gauge to determine whether or not you need to water.


I hope that this article helped to provide some information to get you started if you are a lawn care beginner. You might not get a perfect lawn overnight, but with some hard work you can have the best looking lawn on the block!