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Basic Lawn Care Tips

- February 22, 2018
Basic Lawn Care Tips
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 of lawn care 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


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


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.


Watering


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.

Conclusion


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!
 

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