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Nature’s way: 3 tips for a greener lawn

Observing how plants grow in nature provides ideas for effective lawn care. Try these tips for growing and maintaining a healthy lawn:

1. Variety: Although uniformly green lawns are a popular goal, such uniformity rarely occurs in nature. When was the last time you saw a forest consisting of one type of tree, or a meadow with only one type of wildflower? Seeding or sodding your lawn with a blend of turf grasses encourages vigor and resistance to damage caused by pests or disease targeting a specific type of turf grass. Another plus for a blended lawn is wear and tear; no type of turf grass can withstand constant wear and tear, but a blend of durable turf grasses can boost your lawn’s chances of survival.

2. Breathing deeply: Yoga instructors and physical trainers know the benefits of breathing deeply for humans; aeration is likewise good for lawns. Aerating your lawn provides air circulation near your lawn’s root system, and facilitates absorption of nutrients by roots. In lawns where winter moisture accumulates, aeration helps soil underneath your lawn dry out. When to aerate depends on your climate and soil texture. Aerate both spring and fall if you have clay soil that accumulates moisture; aerating once a year either in spring or fall is good for other soil types. If you’re reseeding or sodding your lawn, wait until the new lawn is well established before aerating.

3. Moderation in mowing: Natural landscapes don’t include fields and plains with buzz-cuts. Setting your mower on its highest setting provides a healthy cutting level for your grass. In general, plan on trimming about one third the height of your grass each time you mow. Longer grass shelters new growth from summer heat, while discouraging weeds from sprouting in your lawn. Sharpening your mower blades assists with avoiding ragged cutting that damages your grass and detracts from its appearance.

Let’s get going with the growing season! May yours be the brag-worthiest lawn in your neighborhood.

The Wet Cold Days Of Spring Thus Far

Have you guys who live in the Midwest and points to the North noticed that this spring has been super cold and constantly wet? I know that every spring is like this to some degree, but 2011 has just not warmed up like I am used to! It is not helping our lawns any either.

Spring Lawn Care – The Norm

Normally, we get this sort of gradual warm up over the course of March and into April. It’s the old saying “Spring showers bring May flowers” and it’s true. During this time, the turf comes out of dormancy and starts to grow. You guys read this blog, so you are on top of the fertilizing, mowing and lawn disease control if necessary. If weeds invade (especially dandelions) you are ready to go with your pump sprayer.

Spring Lawn Care – This Extraordinary Season

This year’s warm up is slated to happen next week where I live here outside of Chicago. In fact, it’s going to hit like a ton of bricks and go from these cold 40s all the way into the 70s and stay there. If it keeps raining every single day, we are in for trouble. The weeds will blow up twice as fast and furious, and lawn disease will run through the lawn very quickly. This will be compounded by the fact that most lawns are still recovering from bad snow mold issues.

How To Save Your Lawn This Spring

The good news here guys, is that the basics still apply when it comes to keeping your turf healthy. I want you to mow tall just like every year. It is, however, ok to bag your clippings for the first 3 or 4 custs, especially if the snow mold is heavy. Bagging will help suck up some of the damaged turf.

In addition, you MUST be sure to mow consistently. The growth of the lawn is going to be shocking as we go from extreme cold to above average heat. If you miss a mowing, the stress will damage the lawn.

Finally, and most importantly, don’t use too much nitrogen when you fertilize. We definitely don’t want to over-push leaf growth. I always recommend utilizing organics because they release slowly, naturally. They also increase soil activity which builds the lawn for the long haul.

Keep in mind that whatever hits the lawn here in the later spring will soon pass into summer and bring an entirely new set of challenges. The key is knowing the basics, and sticking to them faithfully.