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Basic Lawn Care from A to Z

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

When the spring and summer months are gone and fall is knocking at our door, take advantage of a great time to educate yourself on the proper procedures for lawn care. If you become schooled in yard basics, you'll be ready to begin on next year's lawn and make it better than it has ever been before.

There are so many techniques for growing and maintaining your lawn that oftentimes we get bogged down with an overload of information. That's when it's best to get back to the basics of yard care. Returning to the simpler philosophies when taking care of your lawn will improve its appearance as well as increase your enjoyment of the entire process. Here are some tried and true methods of yard care that are easy for you to remember and will have your lawn looking incredible in no time at all.
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Lawn Tips: Caring for Your Yard

  • Watering Amount. Water deeply and only when necessary. On hot and dry days, an average lawn can lose in excess of 1,500 gallons of water. This is especially alarming since your yard is about 80%-90% water. A loss of water means your lawn is susceptible to dangerous diseases.
  • Watering Schedule. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, between 4 and 8 am. This gives your grass blades a chance to dry, preventing molding. Yard fungus develops when moisture droplets sit on your grass blades and are hit by the sun.
  • Mowing Tips. Your lawn mower should be set on the highest setting possible during the summer months. This will ensure that the sun will not burn the precious stem. Sunlight can burn yard stems quickly if they are not protected by at least an inch of grass blade.
  • More Mowing Tips. Since you are not cutting your yard as close, make sure that you cut your lawn frequently. Use a sharpened blade on your lawn, which has been proven to cut down on various yard diseases that enter when blades of grass are cut coarsely.

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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