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Three Tips to Creating a Virtual English Garden

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

There's nothing quite like a well-manicured backyard lawn in the summertime. It can be perfect for pick-up games, family gatherings, or just walking around in your bare feet. If you love your backyard and want to maximize your enjoyment of it, check out these three simple management tips that can enhance its inner beauty.

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Lawn Care Tip #1: Facilitate Drainage

If your backyard features rolling elevation, sometimes rain and irrigation can gather into large puddles. Excess water can encourage mold and slime growth. After an intense rain examine the area to determine where the water collects. Dig a six-inch ditch from the middle of this area to the closest backyard border and fill with gravel to assist with proper drainage.

Lawn Care Tip #2: Be Border Conscious

Adding physical borders to your backyard lawn can give this area a clean, managed look. Lawn borders come in a variety of materials--concrete, wood, ceramic, etc. Again, dig a six-inch ditch around flower beds, along house lines and anywhere else that begs for confinement. Maintain by regularly weeding borders with a hoe or electric weeder.

Lawn Care Tip #3: Care for the Area

Having a desirable backyard lawn means doing what is necessary to facilitate healthy grass growth. Nothing fancy here, just the same lawn maintenance techniques that you'd use for your entire lawn front and back. Keep the following activities at the forefront of your weekly to-dos:

  • Mowing. You should typically leave your mower the highest setting to allow root systems to grow and prevent solar burning
  • Watering. For the best results, consider watering in the morning and evening hours
  • Fertilizing. The fall and spring seasons should be your best bets--and you can try organic fertilizers for eco-friendliness
  • Weeding. Start by identifying weeds types and then check with a local home and garden center for recommended treatments

By being consistent in your lawn care practices, your backyard lawn should remain green and lush throughout the year--adding a touch of comfort and beauty to your home.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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