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Lawn Maintenance Tips

There is more to lawn upkeep than mowing!
Check out these quick tips for a healthier lawn, and how to save time and money on lawn
maintenance.
Give the grass some slack.
Over-mowing your lawn and mowing with the blade too low will make your lawn look scrappy and scalped because it weakens the root system. Wait until the grass is about 4-5 inches high and then mow it back to about 3 inches.

Mulch as you mow
The mulched grass will deposit nutrients back into the soil, reducing the need to fertilize by 20 to 40 percent.

Save on your water bill
Once your lawn is mature, it shouldn’t need more than an inch of water per week, includingrainfall. You can keep track of rainfall by keeping an empty vase outside. Avoid daily watering andinstead, choose a good weekly soak which is more beneficial to the root system.

Give your lawn some breathing room
Soil tends to compact over time, denying your lawn vital oxygen. Invest in a core aerator, andwhile the aeration can be done anytime, it’s preferable to choose the fall season when weedspread is no longer a risk.

Love your weeds
Certain weeds are pesky, while others such as clover enrich the soil with nitrogen or some deeprooted weeds like dandelions, provide natural soil aeration.

Test your soil
There are all kinds of do-it-yourself soil kits or you can have a test done professionally. A soil testwill tell you if you’re lawn is lacking in important nutrients, or has an imbalance in acidity. This is agreat way to use and not over-use fertilizers and your lawn will thank you.

Consider low maintenance ground cover
If you’ve got a large lawn, a section of the lawn can be dedicated to plants which spread, but don’tgrow tall. They can have many advantages, from enriching and aerating the soil, to choking outweeds to creating a lovely texture that contrasts with grassy lawn. Some even choose flower, herbal or fruit-bearing ground cover. The first year will require a little extra work, and an edging tocontain their growth, but after the first year, maintenance will be minimal. Much of the choice you’ll
make will depend on climatic conditions, so it’s important to get expert advice on the plants that
will do best.