Care of the Lawn

Overview

A lush green lawn is a telltale sign of hours of hard work and effort. Lawns need constant maintenance to stay lush and healthy during growing season, and even when they go dormant. Care includes mowing, fertilizing, watering, preventing or tackling pests and repairing weak spots. However, lawn care is not as hard as it seems. With a proper schedule that touches all the aspects of lawn care, you can have a healthy green carpet that stands out in the neighborhood.

Step 1

Water an established lawn infrequently but deeply, ideally two to three times a week during warm weather. Water early in the morning for 30 to 40 minutes, using a garden hose or an automatic sprinkler system for a more uniform application. Water more during dry spells, and less during rainy periods.

Step 2

Fertilize your lawn with a slow-release nitrogen-rich fertilizer three times a year--in early spring, end of summer and early to late fall--to feed the grass the essential nutrients it needs to grow and become healthy. Apply the fertilizer at the rate of 1 lb. of nitrogen for every 1000 square feet of lawn area.

Step 3

Mow your lawn grass to a height of between 2 to 3 inches. Also allow grass clippings to remain on your lawn as they add important nutrients to the soil when they decompose.

Step 4

Wear gloves and remove weeds by hand if there are a few scattered throughout your lawn, pulling them out from the soil along with their roots. Follow label directions for spraying weed herbicide over large infestations.

Step 5

Rake bare spots in your lawn to aerate the soil. Mix grass seed with compost in a bucket and pour over the bare spots. Cover the seeds lightly with mulch and water lightly twice a day until they germinate.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never mow more than one-third of the grass blade length in one session.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose or automatic sprinkler system
  • Fertilizer
  • Lawn mower
  • Gloves
  • Herbicide
  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Compost
  • Bucket
  • Mulch

References

  • Government of Alberta: Lawn Care Tips
  • University of Illinois Extension: Home Lawn Fertilization
  • Uc Ipm Online: Weed Management in Lawns

Who Can Help

  • American-lawns: Lawn Diseases
Keywords: lawn care, fertilizing lawn grass, mowing lawns

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