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March 25, 2019
Did you know there are over 10,000 varieties of grass in the world? Or that grass is used to make everyday products like paper or beer? Well, now’s the time to show more appreciation for your grass, because it’s National Lawn Care Month!

Now that you’ve tackled a great front garden for maximum curb appeal, it’s time to take a closer look at your yard’s health. Is it full of weeds? Do you have inexplicable brown patches? We’ll give you our top three tips for getting your lawn in top shape for whatever summer plans you have in store.

Let your lawn drink up

You might think multiple watering sessions during a hot day is better than one long soak. After all, it gives the lawn a chance to stay evenly hydrated, right? Not quite. When you water your lawn in short spurts, you’re encouraging shallow root growth. That means more frequent watering. Deeper soil tends to remain moist year round. Completely soaking your lawn in one watering gives the roots a chance to grow deeper. This, in turn, will help your lawn stay hydrated even more.  

Some other great watering tips:

  • Don’t water all night. This creates the perfect conditions for disease.
  • Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day. The best times are between 6 and 10 a.m. or 4 and 7 p.m.
  • If you’re using a sprinkler, apply about half an inch of water twice a week. This equates to about 15 to 30 minutes of usage, depending on the sprinkler.
  • Be sure to check for city watering ordinances in case of drought.

Sharpen your mower blades

Because grass grows outward from the bottom of the plant, mowing doesn’t hinder its growth. In fact, it actually stimulates growth. Regular mowing is critical to a beautiful, green lawn. But that’s not all: The sharpness of your mower’s blades makes a much bigger difference on the overall health of your lawn than you might realize.

Dull blades rip grass, rather than smoothly cutting it. And those rough, torn edges turn yellow and brown fast. To keep your grass green, always mow with sharp blades. Adjust your mower height so you’re trimming only the top third of grass blades. And yes, you can sharpen your mower’s blades!

Aerate, aerate, aerate

Just like you, your lawn needs to breathe. The root systems in grasses actually need a lot of oxygen to thrive. The more you walk on your lawn, the more the soil compacts, limiting your lawns supply of fresh air. One the easiest ways to provide your lawn with a deep breath is to aerate, which is just a fancy word for poking holes in your lawn.

There are many methods to aerate your lawn, including push machines much like your mower. There are even aerating kneepads and shoes with long spikes. You can also hire a professional to aerate. Proper aeration is the easiest and most effective way to keep your lawn in great shape.

Don’t let your lawn go yellow and brown this spring. With just a few tips and tricks, you can keep your yard looking beautiful year round. How’s your lawn looking this spring? Let us know your methods for a pristine green yard on Twitter or Facebook. And if you’re looking to buy a home this spring, get in touch!