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A Lawn Maintenance Calendar for a Perfect Backyard Lawn

by Karin Mangan, All About Lawns Columnist

For a beautiful and healthy backyard lawn, you should maintain your lawn throughout the entire year, not just during the spring and summer. Each season has its own needs, so here are some easy seasonal lawn maintenance steps to take to keep your lawn healthy and happy.

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Spring: Lawn Maintenance Begins
Your annual lawn maintenance cycle should start in early spring. Make the first cut of your backyard lawn in mid-March after raking up the leaves and other debris from the winter. Cutting your backyard lawn too short at this time could damage the grass so just "top" the grass during the first cut of the season.

Through the spring, feed your backyard lawn with a long-lasting nitrogen fertilizer and apply weed killer. Increase the frequency with which you cut the grass and gradually lower the height of the cut to its usual summer height.

Summer Lawn Maintenance: Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor
Lawn maintenance in summer should involve cutting the grass at least once a week. If the weather is dry, give the lawn a good soaking once or twice a week, rather than frequent light watering. A further weed treatment can be applied in July if necessary.

Fall Lawn Maintenance: Prepare for a Winter Break
Beginning in September, gradually reduce the frequency of mowing and increase the height of the cut. This is usually a good time to scarify and aerate the soil. Make sure you clear up any fallen leaves and give the lawn a fall feed. Fall is typically the best time for re-seeding or re-turfing any damaged or bare patches in your backyard lawn--the ground is moist but still warm from summer.

After a dedicated lawn maintenance regimen, the months of January through March are times to give yourself and a lawn a break.


About the Author
Karin has worked as a writer and researcher for the past 10 years, writing on a variety of subjects. She has a research-based PhD in English studies and is engaged in an ongoing battle to tame her backyard.

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