Lawn Care Basics Revisited

By Allyn Paul, filed under Lawn Tips, Uncategorized.

Lawn Care 101 for our new blog readers


I was talking to a buddy this weekend about his lawn and something occurred to me. But before I go into that, let me tell you a funny story for a moment: a story sadness, abuse and of lawn care injustice!

This friend of mine (who shall remain nameless) has been struggling with his grass for a couple years; and this season he finally gave up his pride and asked me for help. Of course, I was happy to offer him a discount price of $7 for my lawn fertilizing ebook! (”business is business” as they say!)

All has been going well in his yard as far as I knew until just yesterday he called me telling me that my book was crap and that my lawn treatment plan was bogus! So, of course, I gotta defend my little pea patch, so I stormed over to his house to see what the heck was going on and guess what? … it was his dang fault!

You see, my friend was doing all the right lawn care applications: fertilization, weed control, crab grass control, etc: but he did not know (or care to read about) the very basics.

He had been scalping his lawn (mower set on very lowest setting) from the beginning because he was under the impression “that is how golf courses do it.” The abuse is in the fact that he was destroying his perfectly good turf by cutting it too low, but the true injustice is in the fact that he blamed me for it! Ain’t that just the way things go sometimes?

(No, the pic of that hand in grass above is not from his lawn, that is actually my lawn where I took him to demonstrate what a proper cutting looks like.)

Story over (my friend has to buy me a 6-pack now to apologize :) ): but wait… I checked the blog stats and we have gotten more than 200 new newsletter subscribers here in the last month. Welcome ya’ll. However, that means that many of you may have missed out on some of the very basic lawn tips that act as the foundation for everything else.

With that in mind, here are some articles for all of you to read and brush up on the basics of lawn care before you go trying to get all fancy and make your lawn look like a golf course! By the way, one of our most popular articles ever on this site is about Lawn Striping. But before you can have a lawn worth striping, you need to get it healthy and green.
Here are some helpful links for you guys!

How To Mow Your Lawn Properly

How To Fertilize Your Yard

Best Sprinkler To Buy, How To Water Your Lawn

Growing Grass, Lawn Seeding

And last but not least: get the book for $7 on step-by-step lawn treatments. It works; I know cuz I use this same treatment schedule on my own lawn.

Lawn Treatment Schedule Book


Wondering "what to" put on your lawn and "when to" put it down? Get my $7 Step By Step ebook and learn it! I am really proud of the results my readers are getting using this easy to follow lawn treatment schedule.

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7 Responses to “Lawn Care Basics Revisited”

  1. Ed Says:
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    As a first time homeowner I felt a sense of obligation to have a good-looking lawn and the knowledge to take care of it. Allyn’s tips here and his ebook have helped me more than any other resource. Using his re-seeding suggestion(s) the garden we took out is now covered with new grass. I’ve set my mower height way up and my lawn thickened up and greened up without fertilizing. Speaking of which, I used Allyn’s “fool proof” fertilizing method this morning to lay down a nice application of Milorganite, which I am using for the first time as suggested in Allyn’s ebook. His book is great…get it! Allyn has been awesome in answering any questions I’ve emailed to him too.

  2. Bill Hunt Says:
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    Hi Allyn,
    Glad you got a 6-pack for your torment!
    So your description does beg the question; how do you appropriately get shorten your lawn? I mow high and use your maintenance regimen, but occasionally want to play croquet with the kids. I crank the mower down and cut it low (intending to let it grow back to its healthy 3 inches), but it does look like h@ll and can’t be good for it. Any suggestions?
    Bill H.

  3. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Hi Bill,
    I get where you are coming from. My suggestion would be to play croquet at a nearby park instead. –or– If you want to cut the lawn 2 or 3 settings lower in order to play in your own lawn, then I suggest you plan that out about 3 weeks ahead and step the height down slowly over time. That would be the best way to do it.
    great questions, Bill !

  4. Ed Says:
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    Is one size of garden hose better for using with a hose-end sprinkler than another?

    Omaha, NE

  5. pdiddy Says:
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    Nothing like seeing the common folk chop down and destroy their grass at 1 inch when it should be at 3 or more.If you want a weed infested,drought susceptible unhealthy lawn that is the perfect way to do it!

    But it looks just like the golf course!!

    I see this from “lawn care experts” as well who also have no clue what the heck they are doing.Its only May and I am seeing some lawns in my area starting to brown out and lose their color already.

    Not the ones I manage,thats for sure.

  6. Allyn Paul Says:
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    Wow, thanks Ed! I am so glad you are getting good results! Keep up the good work,

  7. Allyn Paul Says:
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    The length of the hose will effect overall pressure, but other than that, it does not really matter.

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