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Grow a Healthy Lawn – You Can Do That
Copyright 2006 Dennis Watson
Do you desire a perfect lawn? Are you frustrated that your neighbor always seems to have a greener, fuller lawn than yours? If so read on, this article will help you achieve a beautiful, healthy lawn in no time. Below are tips on how to go about realizing your dream.
You have to fertilize. Fertilizing your yard will do several things 1) it will make it greener, 2) will make it grow and 3) will cause new seed to germinate. Many people are confused about how often to fertilize, a good rule is to apply fertilizer at least four times a year. Every 60 days, first during the spring 30 days before the growing season then late summer, late fall and then during the winter months. Lastly, don’t apply to much fertilizer this will cause excess growth and lead to fungus growth which will weaken your grass.
You have to control the weeds. Controlling weeds in a new or existing lawn is essential to the health and overall aspect of the lawn. A beautiful level lawn gets most of it’s good looks from the fact that it is smooth where weeds are not prominent and standing above the turf. You have probably mowed your lawn just to have dandelions popping up over the grass a day later making it look like you need to mow again. A weedless lawn holds it’s good looks for several days if the grass is at a uniform growing height.
Remember to properly mow. Mowing is the most confusing part of lawn care, and the most often incorrectly done part of lawn care. Far too many people will set their mowers too low or “scalp” the lawn. This leads to thin and dying out grass, shallow root systems, and in the long run, NO GRASS.
You have to thatch. Thatching by using a rack will remove dead grass that will smother and prevent new growth. It may seem at first you are doing more harm than not but if you don’t break the thatch barrier new grass will not grow.
Your grass needs watering. Water should be done everyday during the hot months and rule of thumb is that it is better to water deeply one in a while then to water shallow daily. Also remember that you must water right after you lay down fertilizer.
Follow these simple actions and you will have a lawn the whole neighborhood will envy. Good luck.