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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.

Last Minute Spring Lawn Care

Spring is quickly leaving us, but it is not too late to take my advice and get your lawn prepared for the long hot summer. In case this is your first time here, you will learn that I am a big proponent of hard work on the lawn in the spring. This early hard work can pay off way down the road in leisure time and enjoyment.

So here are your last minute spring lawn tips; do them! :)

Lawn Aeration

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: “lawn aeration is the most important cultural practice that any home owner can perform.”

Aerating the lawn is basically a process whereby cores of soil are removed from the turf. This “poking of holes” allows air, water and nutrients to get directly into the root zone. It also breaks down thatch and loosens compacted soil. That is VERY important.

Crab Grass Prevention

In many areas of the country, you are right at the bitter end of the time when you can effectively stop crab grass in the lawn this season. But if you live in the Midwest or points north, you can still get down a good application. Since we are a little late (month of May) I recommend you get a crab grass herbicide that is formulated with the brand name “Dimension” which is specially designed to hit crab grass at the first tiller stage. Long story short, this one is meant for you late comers!

Mowing

Lastly, you must continue to mow tall and continue to mow consistently. You cannot afford to let the lawn grow for two weeks or more. At this time of year, you gotta get out and cut weekly if not more. You can do it!

That’s it you late risers! You still have time to make an impact on that little green patch of love you call your lawn!