Whether your lawn was started from seed or sod, there is some basic care that all lawns need in order to properly grow and thrive.
Established lawns should be fertilized two to three times a year. Applying fertilizer in a granular form in a broadcast spreader will last about three months. Choose a fertilizer based on the type of nutrients it most needs; it will vary from phosphorus to nitrogen or potassium.
Lawns must be mowed to the proper height to allow for continued growth. Most grass types are cut to about two inches in height, depending upon the season.
Lawns must be sufficiently watered in order to maintain proper growth. Seeded and sodded lawns will require more water at the initial installation. Once growth is established, a less frequent watering regimen should be put into place.
Lawns that have compact soil or have endured seasons of high traffic benefit from aeration. Aeration pokes many holes in the soil, loosening it, which will then allow oxygen, water and other nutrients to properly be absorbed by the roots.
Pre-emergent or post-emergent herbicides can be used on lawns to help control weeds. Alternatively, home owners may apply organic solutions to control weeds without using chemicals.
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