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Cut High, Often, And Follow The 1/3 Rule.
The best habit for lawn cutting is often and never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any one cutting. Allowing the grass to stay tall helps keep weed seeds
from germinating and reduces the need to water.
Keep Mower Blades Sharp.
Dull mower blades will tear the turf. Frayed tips will allow the leaf to dry out quickly and make the turf more susceptible to insect and disease damage. Sharpen mower blades often.
Recycle Grass Clippings.
When mowing, return grass clippings to the lawn. Grass clippings contribute approximately 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet annually to your lawn, think of it as free fertilizer!
Fertilize Your Lawn.
Fertilizing replenishes lost nutrients and ensures your lawn has the essential nutrients required for optimum growth. Even if you are lucky enough to start with great soil, as your lawn grows, it absorbs nutrients and leaves the soil less fertile.
Water Deeply And Infrequently.
If you need to irrigate, water during the early morning hours, Watering in the morning minimizes water loss from evaporation and allows the sun to dry the leaf blade before disease sets in. Give your lawn a good, deep soaking, not just
a quick mist. Soaking the lawn to a depth of 6" forces the lawn to produce deeper roots. To maintain a healthy lawn, it requires about 1 inch of water per week.
The key to a weed free lawn is a thick, healthy lawn. Getting your lawn on a regular fertility program, as well as Aerating and Overseeding when necessary will produce a thick, healthy lawn that will have the ability to keep out weeds and make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.
Overseeding Your Lawn.
Grass seed will not germinate until soil temperatures are near 50 degrees F. Soil temperatures are not in the 50's F until night time temperatures are consistently in the 50's F. Seeding a lawn in late Summer or Fall is ideal. Early Fall is preferred because seed can germinate faster in the warm soil and continue to establish itself through the cooler weather of Fall and Winter. Overseeding can be done directly after Aerating if timed correctly.
Control Thatch. (Dethatching)
Think of thatch as a barrier that water and nutrients cannot break through. Fertilizer is wasted, since it only feeds the top layer and not the roots. Water runs off instead of getting to the root system and weeds begin to take over. The best to to Dethatch is in the Fall.
If your lawn looks weak in high traffic areas, the best thing to do is Aerate and Overseed. Aerating breaks the soil surface by poking holes into the ground; it relieves compaction and helps to control thatch. Oxygen and water can now enter the soil, and fertilizer can reach the grass roots. Healthier grass means fewer weeds. After Aeration is a good time to Overseed.
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