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Helping Your Lawn Recover from Winter

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Now that the harsh winter months are coming to an end, it is important to learn some time-saving and environmentally safe methods to help your lawn return to a lush state. Follow these tips and you will save lots of time and effort as you begin to earn those "best yard on the block" awards again.
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If you want to help your yard successfully recover from the damaging winter, these are some great tips to follow. Not only will they reduce your effort level (who wants to work in their yard all weekend?) but they will decrease the time your lawn takes to get back to prime form.
  • First Cut is Close. When you mow your lawn for the first time after an extended winter, you should set the lawn mower blade down as close as possible. This will ensure that any damaged grass or leftover debris will be removed cleanly and you can start with a clean slate.
  • De-Thatching Phase. If you have a name brand lawn mower with a de-thatching attachment, put it on for one good run around your property. Not only will it open up the land for air, water and nutrients, but it will also save you considerable time in raking.
  • Handle the Bare Spots. If you have bare spots on your terrain, begin to correct them by over seeding the area affected with the correct type of grass seeding. Add just a little bit of fertilizer to make sure that the new seedlings take hold and begin to grow strong sprouts.
  • Mulch Mania. Instead of bagging and tossing your clippings, begin a mulch pile that will provide your lawn with rich nutrients throughout the year. Set aside a place on your property to store your mulch pile and begin to add to it every week after you have cut your lawn.
  • Cut Higher. As the temperature increases, begin raising the level of your lawn mower. Although it will require more cutting, a higher level of grass will promote longer roots that need less watering. Less watering means a healthier lawn throughout the year.

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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