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Lawn Care Basics You Should Know

Lawn Care Basics You Should Know

If you’re thinking about getting into lawn care, you’ll need to know some basic lawn care basics.

From mowing your lawn, fertilizing your grass, and planting flowers, lawn care is an important part of owning a home.

With this guide, you’ll learn how to keep your lawn green and lush while avoiding common lawn care mistakes that could end up costing you money. 

Get to Know Your Soil

Lawn care is an important part of keeping your home beautiful and healthy. But did you know that the health of your lawn depends on your soil?

In this blog, I’ll share how your soil affects the health of your lawn and what you can do to improve your soil.

Soil is made up of several different minerals that help plants grow and thrive. When you buy a bag of fertilizer, you’re actually buying a bag full of nutrients that your lawn needs to grow.

When you mix the fertilizer with your soil, it’s absorbed by the roots and taken back to the rest of your lawn. This is why fertilizing your lawn is so important.

Know the Best Grasses for Your Region

While the type of grass you grow depends on where you live, knowing what types of grass grow best in your region will help you pick the right type of grass for your home.

Before you start growing grass, you need to know where you live and which grasses are best for the climate.

For example, while many regions have a wide variety of grasses, they’re not all created equal. Some grasses are better than others for certain climates.

You can use our US Grass Finder to determine the best grasses for your region.

Seed Right the First Time

Seeds are a vital part of a lawn. In fact, the average lawn contains between 40,000 and 80,000 seeds.

You’ve probably heard that the best time to plant a seed is when the weather is cool and wet, which is true. However, the real key to a successful lawn is the right seed choice.

Feed Your Grasses Well

Your grass is your lawn’s lifeline. It provides nutrients and oxygen that help the grass grow. It’s also a major contributor to soil health and water retention.

Unfortunately, most lawns aren’t fed properly, and this results in low grass growth and a thin, patchy appearance.

To avoid these problems, make sure to add fertilizer to your lawn regularly.

When fertilizing, consider the type of fertilizer you’re using and whether you need to use it every year or every other year.

A good rule of thumb is to apply 10 pounds of fertilizer per 1000 square feet of lawn.

Mow for Height and Health

You’ve probably heard the saying, “the height of the grass is the health of the lawn.” This is true. While you’re mowing, you should be aiming to mow at a height that is a little less than half of the length of your blade.

When you’re looking at your lawn, you should be able to see blades of grass that are at least half the length of the blade.

If your grass is shorter than that, then your mower is likely cutting more than the recommended amount.

In addition, the height of the grass should be around 1.5 times the length of the blade.

When you’re mowing, you want to aim for a height that is between a third and a half of the blade length.

If you’re using a push mower, aim for a height that is a little higher than half of the blade length.

Fight Lawn Weeds

Lawn weeds are a nightmare. They’re ugly, they’re unsightly, and they’re everywhere.

There are two ways of fighting weeds. The first way is to kill them. This can be done with a herbicide, which you apply directly to the area that needs weed control.

The second way is to remove them. You can either use a shovel or rake to dig them up, or you can pull them out by hand.

The problem is that you can spend weeks, months, or even years battling weeds, only to see them return. This is because you’re fighting the wrong type of weeds.

Manage Water Wisely

Lawns are expensive, so you should be careful to water your lawn properly. It’s tempting to think that watering your lawn on a regular basis is necessary, but in fact, you can still have a lush, green lawn without much water.

If you’re having trouble figuring out when your lawn needs water, you’re not alone. Lawns vary greatly in terms of how well they need to be watered, and some species are better at taking care of themselves than others.

To help you figure out if your lawn needs water, you can use a soil test to determine the pH of your soil. When it’s time to water, your soil should be around 6.0-6.5. The ideal water pH is between 6.0-7.0.