A thick, lush lawn sets the backdrop for a beautiful yard. It provides a place for a family to play and relax and gives your home a warm atmosphere. Beautiful lawns do not just happen. They take work and knowledge of how grass grows to keep them looking their best.
Do not cut your grass too short. It may give you more time between mowing, but it also kills off the grass. When the grass is too short, weeds can take control easier and choke out weaker grass leaves. Break mowing up into several stages if the grass is so tall you would need to take big chunks off to get it to a reasonable height. This gives the grass leaves enough time to adjust between cuttings. Go in a different direction with your pattern each time you mow. This helps avoid letting the grass grown in a certain direction and keeps it upright.
It is better to water heavily and less often than to water a little bit every day. Frequent, light watering promotes evaporation so that water never gets deep into the root system. Heavy watering gets the hydration deep into the soil and encourages a deep and powerful root system. The exception to this rule is with newly seeded plots and heavy slopes. Water grass seed lightly until it develops a good, solid root system. Grass on a heavy slope needs water that is more frequent because water tends to run off the side of the hill and not get into the soil.
In general, how often you fertilize depends on the type of grass your lawn contains. Bermuda grass and Zoysia are typical warm-weather grass. They grow the most early in the year and at the beginning of the summer. That is when their nutritional needs are highest. All other types of grass are usually cool-weather grass. Fertilize them in mid-spring and mid-fall for the best results.
Wear the right clothing when working in the yard. Long sleeves and pants keep sunburn at bay, but can catch in moving mower parts. Make sure your clothes are close-fitting, buttoned up and tucked in. Wear the proper shoes, too. Never wear open-toed shoes when working around power equipment.
Use care when mowing along roadways. Set your path so the shoot ejects loose material away from the road to avoid hitting passing cars with gravel, rocks, sticks or other dangerous debris. Make sure all people and pets are clear of your path. Keep an extra watchful eye on children and pets and make sure no one is in your direct path or in the path of flying debris from a grass chute. Never put hands or feet near blades when engaged and the engine is on. Even if there is a clog, keep hands away from the area until you turn off the engine.