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A Great Lawn in No Time at All

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Your neighbor is out in his yard every weekend, weeding, planting, mowing. Of course his yard looks great. But guess what? Even if you don't have weekends full of spare time you can still have a spectacular yard. It all comes down to making a few wise landscaping and gardening choices. Here are a few pointers to help you get a gorgeous yard in no time.

You don't consider landscaping your number one priority? Unbelievable! Good thing you don't have to in order to have a good looking yard. Here are a few landscaping and gardening tricks you can use for a great yard in a fraction of the time.
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Think Groundcover

Grass is great - all that beautiful green - but a little less lawn means a lot less time working on the yard. Beautiful ground covers like bearberry, lilyturf, or Baltic English ivy don't require mowing and can make great landscaping fillers, especially in hard to maintain areas - corners, slopes, etc. Just watch out for groundcovers marketed as "extremely vigorous," since vigorous is sometimes a synonym for "crazy plant that will take over your yard."

Know How to Water Your Lawn

Think you need to be out there every night, moving the sprinkler around? Think again. One of the best gardening time savers as well as overall lawn health booster is less frequent, deeper watering. Once or twice a week should do it.

Mow the Lawn a Little Less Often

Turns out longer lawns are happier lawns. Rather than giving your lawn a close shave each and every Saturday without fail, let it grow a little. It'll shade out weeds, develop a strong root system, and give you back a big green smile. Just make sure you don't let it get out of control and cut it back vigorously all at once. Removing no more than 1/3 its length at a time is a good rule of thumb.

You don't have to devote your life to landscaping and gardening in order to have a great yard. Make a few wise choices, and you'll have a great yard in no time at all.

About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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