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Lawn Care for the Lazy: Stealthy Shortcuts to a Gorgeous Lawn

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Let's face it--lawn care does not come naturally for every homeowner. If you have trouble finding the time or the interest in extensive lawn maintenance, you are likely looking for more efficient ways to improve your landscape. Here are some resourceful short cuts with excellent results.

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1. Fertilizer Frenzy: Premixed and Premeasured
Ellen Henke, writer for The Saturday Evening Post, recommends packaged fertilizer solutions that take all of the guesswork out of lawn care nutrients. The 20-3-3 mix is a good one for a fast green-up in the spring.

2. Water World: Lawn Care Sprinklers
AllAboutLawns columnist Dawn West swears by the splash sprinkler for encouraging green growth. According to West, a thorough irrigation session in the morning gives your lawn the best chance to soak up the benefits.

3. Shake that Rake: Improve Soil Circulation
Ask any lawn care expert and they'll tell you aeration is one of the best fixes for a variety of lawn care issues. But if you don't have time to pull out the tiller, giving your lawn a once-over with a rake can mimic the aerating process.

4. Keep Off the Grass! Particularly if It's Soggy
This is a tip anyone can follow. Avoid walking on your lawn after a heavy rain or watering. The pressure of your weight presses down the grass blades and soil, restricting air flow and making it more difficult to grow.

Regardless of your interest level in lawn care, following these simple steps can make a big improvement in the health and appearance of your grass. You'll be able to spend less time on your landscaping and more time on activities you do enjoy. Lawn care has never been easier!

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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