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Old 02-08-2009, 04:55 PM
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Green up your grass in early Spring by putting a fresh dose of fertilizer on your lawn. Be sure to follow the directions on the bag so you don't over-fertilize.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:01 PM
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Remember this: One of the biggest reasons for lawns looking distressed in the summertime is lack of water.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:03 PM
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Fight weeds before they arrive! Put pre-emergent on your lawn in early Spring. This will keep many weeds from even starting and save you a lot of time and hassle later trying to get rid of them.
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Old 02-08-2009, 05:12 PM
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Don't let too much thatch build up on your lawn. Remember that the soil needs air and nutrients. It can not receive them if there is too much thatch. The best time to dethatch your lawn is before you seed. You can do this by vigorously raking your lawn or by renting a dethatching machine.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:04 PM
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The height level on your lawn mower is important. If you have the mower set too low, it will cut the grass very short and the grass can get burned out by the sun more easily. It is usually better to keep it on the higher side. This way the grass is longer and can hold moisture better.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:06 PM
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Avoid watering at night too often. Fungus is more likely to build when water sits on the lawn overnight. It is best to water in early morning.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:08 PM
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You need to apply weed control regularly, not just in the spring. Remember that weeds grow throughout the year. If you apply weed control products on a consistent schedule, you'll have better results overall.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:11 PM
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Don't just pick any old seed that's available to seed or reseed your lawn. Pick a type of grass seed that produces grass favorable to your climate area.
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Old 02-11-2009, 02:15 PM
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Aerate your lawn at least once a year. Soil gets compacted over time and needs to breathe. Aeration, done through use of an aerator that pokes holes in the soil, provides air and water a chance to get down in the ground better. Consequently the roots of the grass can grow deeper and this helps resist disease and conditions brought on by drought. You can rent an aerator by the hour or by the day from any power tools rental establishment.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:40 PM
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If you have dogs and get frustrated with keeping your lawn green, consider switching to a different type of grass. Some grasses hold up better to foot traffic (and paw traffic!) than others. Among the warm-season grasses, Bermuda grass is among the toughest. If you need a cool-season grass for landscaping with dogs, try Kentucky bluegrass.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:37 PM
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Obey all water ordinances in your community. Remember, if you're having a drought and your community bans watering your lawn, a brown lawn will NOT be the end of the world, and disobeying to keep your lawn green is probably not worth the fines that may be levied against you!
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:02 PM
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Any time you plant, add a layer of mulch to retain moisture and prevent insects and weeds. Keep the mulch away from the base of the plant however, instead mulching only to the "drip line" -- the outside of the leaves. Also spread mulch over any bare spots.
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You'll need to spot-treat weeds up close to the road as weeds frequently blow down the road and enter the grass edge there. You can buy a little spray bottle of weed killer that won't harm the grass. This works well to keep it under control in that vulnerable area.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:57 PM
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Do you remember who had the best coloring book page when you were young? It was the kid that figured out that when they trace the lines with a black crayon, it gave the edges a clean look and really made the picture pop! Well, the same is true with your lawn. Take the time to edge your lawn. This gives your lawn a more manicured look and it will really stand out in the crowd!
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Don't go too long between mowings. It may be tough to do if you've had an overabundance of rain (as some have received earlier this spring and summer), but letting the grass grow too long between mowings makes the job slower while putting extra strain on the lawn mower's engine and increasing the possibilities for clogging the grass catcher--or producing massive clumps of grass if you toss it out to the side or try using the mulcher plate.
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Exclamation Treat your lawn mower as you do your car!

Would you run your car's engine with extremely low levels of motor oil or with an air filter that looks like a fugitive from a coal mine?

I hope not. So why not treat your lawn mower with respect. Virtually all lawn mowers built recently have dipsticks on the engine, just like on your car. You check the oil level just the same way. And, as with your car, don't overfill the oil reservoir.

And, while some air filters are easily replaceable, it doesn't take too much effort to clean the foam-type filter used on older mowers. Just clean it with a suitable solvent or mild dishwashing liquid (Dawn is a good one for that), rinse and dry thoroughly, and re-oil if the manufacturer says to.

Makes a tremendous difference in performance!
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