2 Aug 2016

Mark Zawaideh

Best Practices for a Healthy Lawn

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How to Take Care of Your Home's Lawn

Summer is the time to focus on yard maintenance for your home, but perhaps the most major task of them all is to take care of your lawn.  If you're trying to build curb appeal to sell your home, this becomes even more important. With all of the maintenance you do, including before and after summer, you will want to make sure that you have the best equipment possible, including a mower, trimmer or edger. Without these, you will not be able to take care of your lawn to the best of your ability.  Also, there are lawn care best practices that not a lot of people are aware of.

Picking the Right Mower

There are three types of lawn mowers out there, and the one you should choose is dependent on the type of lawn you have. If you have thick grass, a gas mower is your best choice. Though they require maintenance, they are the best choice for a wide lawn of any surface, whether flat or uneven.  If you are looking for a mower that is very easy to operate, an electric mower is probably your best choice. There are no emissions involved with these mowers, they are very quiet while in operation, and they work great in narrow areas. If you have a small area to mow, a manual mower will probably be the best choice for you. Manual mowers work on flat surfaces, are low maintenance, and are highly economical.

String Trimmer vs. Edger

To finish the job of working on your lawn, you are going to want to trim or edge it. The piece of equipment that you will want to choose to get this task done is dependent on specifically what you’re trying to accomplish. If you’re looking to create a clean line in between the lawn and the sidewalk or driveway, it would be best to use an edger. On the other hand, if you’re looking to simply touch up the areas that your mower couldn’t get to, you’ll want to choose a string trimmer.

Don't Cut Too Short!

A common misconception among homeowners is that it’s better to cut the lawn shorter so that it won’t have to be cut as often. However, cutting your lawn shorter will actually damage the grass and make it easier for weeds to grow. Keeping your lawn long when cutting it makes it so roots can develop properly as moisture in the ground is retained.

Timing the Watering Schedule

When figuring out a watering schedule, keep in mind that it’s healthier for your lawn to water it only a couple of times a week for long periods of time rather than to water it almost every day for shorter intervals. Also, if possible, early in the morning is the best time to water. This way, the sun doesn’t evaporate too much of the water and the lack of sunlight at night doesn’t leave your lawn soaking wet for hours.

Finally, there are a few miscellaneous lawn care tips that all homeowners should focus on. These are located at the bottom of the infographic pictured above. Happy maintaining!

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