How to Take Care of a Lawn

Overview

Everyone wants a healthy, green, lush lawn, and getting there may not always be simple. It's important to understand what type of care your specific grass needs, as well as how to care for it in your climate. There are some key things to remember when caring for a lawn, such as mulching, fertilizing and understanding how much to water the grass so it can establish deep roots.

Step 1

Mulch the lawn with a layer about 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick in the spring and the fall in moderate climates, in order to retain moisture in the spring and insulation in the fall. For hot climates, mulching in the summer is ideal to protect the grass from too much heat.

Step 2

Fertilize your lawn with a fertilizer that is high in phosphorous and low in nitrogen. Follow the fertilizer directions, because this varies for your type of grass and climate. Fertilizer helps grass maintain strength and health.

Step 3

Water your lawn deeply once a week each evening for about 20 to 25 minutes, Deep watering only once in awhile will establish deep roots. Watering often and in small amounts causes grass to have shallow roots, providing room for weeds.

Step 4

Make sure there is not a lot of traffic on your lawn, as grass that is ripped up from sports or animals will have weaker roots. To prevent this, especially if the grass is young, put up a fence or sign to restrict activity on the lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Water
  • Sign or fence

References

  • Caring for a Lawn
  • Tips For Lawn Care
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About this Author

Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.