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Top 6 steps to a beautiful, healthy lawn

How you treat your lawn in the spring has everything to do with how well the grass flourishes come summertime. Many people think that lawns have the capacity to jump-start themselves in the spring and maintain their health all alone. As with all growing things, your immature lawn needs nutrients, sunlight and TLC. Here are six ways to get your lawn ready for the year.

  1. Clean up. There are several spring lawn care musts, and clearing fall and winter debris from the lawn is paramount for success. Rake deep to remove dead grass, leaves, mud and debris.
  2. Break up compaction. The roots of your grass need to absorb water and nutrients directly. If the soil is compacted, rent an aerator or walk your lawn with a pitchfork.
  3. Amend your soil. A favorable soil pH is necessary for lawn health. Send a soil sample to a local university extension. Most amendments are made to correct for high soil acidity using a lime-based product.
  4. Remove weeds and crabgrass. The weeds in your lawn survived winter, so they’re hearty. Get them out now by the roots. If you decide on using pre-emergent herbicides, now’s the time to apply it. Pull out new sprouted weeds as they arrive.
  5. Overseed bald patches. Wait four weeks after using any pre-emergent herbicide to overseed. Whether it’s that bald spot under a tree or the section ripped out by heavy traffic, you should seed it anew with the same type of seed you originally sowed.
  6. Fertilizing. Hopefully you fertilized your lawn last fall. Spring is the time for light feeding to prevent weeds from getting a big start on the season. I prefer natural compost or using clippings from the mulch mower in my lawn care regimen.

There you have it: lawn care secrets to build your grass into splendid shape by summer.

How To Mow Your Grass In Fall

For some reason when Autumn hits every year, I get a lot of questions about lawn mowing and cutting. It seems that you guys think there is some strange secret involved with lawn mowing in the Fall. With that in mind, I decided to write up some quick tips because you guys know how passionate I am about cutting the lawn anyway!

First off, during the early fall, I still want you to cut the lawn tall. If you have been cutting at 4″ like I recommend, you can back it down one notch and come in at the 3 to 3.5″ mark and be just fine. The reason I still want you to cut tall is because of blade leaf surface area. Remember, grass blades grab sunlight for photosynthesis. This process essentially creates sugars that are sent down the grass plant to the roots. As you know, grass expands roots in the fall, making the lawn thicker. That means we want as much leaf blade surface as possible so the roots can expand more and more. We also get shorter days in the fall, meaning we get less sunlight.

Next, you should still mulch the clippings as long as the temperatures are above 50 degrees. Mulching returns nutrients into the soil and that is very healthy. If it gets below 50 degrees, however, the clippings will not degrade well and that could cause future problems. It is, however, ok to catch clippings if you are also sucking up leaves in the yard.

On your final cut of the season, (usually November in most areas of the United States) it is ok to mow a little shorter. I’d say 2.5″ is actually just fine. This will keep the lawn from laying over underneath snow pack. It will also reduce the chance of snow mold developing.

There you go guys, Fall time mowing tips you never thought you’d need to know!