Lawn & Gardening Tips To Keeping It Year-Round

Lawn & gardening tips will help you design & maintain the health of your lawn all-year round.

If you were to ask questions about Lawn Care in your neighborhood, you would find that everyone has their own ways of doing things and definitely their own opinion on how a lawn should look.

Whether a newlywed in a new home or an experienced lawnkeeper, there are certain steps to take to establish that green turf.

First, check the soil in your yard if starting from scratch. Make sure it's not all sand. If it is, you need some top soil added to your yard. Although you can practically grow grass in any soil, the sand will cause poor drainage and in certain areas of the country where there is always wind, the soil will dry fast in the sun, taking moisture away from your lawn.

After you have decided on whether you need top soil or not, apply lime to the top soil. Use a broadcast spreader to apply. Lime sweetens up the soil.

The next step is to decide if your yard is shaded, sunny, partially shaded, etc. Some grass seeds will burn in direct sun, they use up their food supply too fast in the heat and that is the reason your lawn goes dormant. Check with the Seed package to see what seed is best for your area.

Kentucky Bluegrass varieties require much more upkeep than other seeds. Mowing, fertilizing, and watering are the steps you will be performing more than usual with Kentucky Bluegrass.

Know your seed. Perennial grasses survive season after season, producing and growing.

Annual grass seed produces only for one year, at the time of planting and at the end before the grass dies. Then you have to remove any excess dead grass from your lawn and plant Perennial seeds to take over, which is much more time consuming and a lot more work.

If it happens to get too cool when you finally plant your lawn, try laying hay over the planted seed. Then water. The seed will stay moist and warm and grow much faster.

When the seed starts to grow and reaches a few inches in length, time to use a fertilizer. Use a new lawn starter fertilizer or organic blend according to package directions.

Water the lawn every morning early before the sun gets hot. Never water your lawn at night. That is the time when all insects will appear and invade your lawn.

Mow your lawn when it starts to get high. Do not cut your lawn too short in the summer. By doing so, it burns out faster.

Apply insectides if you happen to notice any browning patches, moths or bugs. Chances are your lawn could have grubs and Moths are a sign insects are present.

And when you mow it the second time, use a different pattern of mowing. Mow it diagonally the first time and reverse the mowing to horizontal the next time you mow.

As long as you water, fertilize, spray insecticide and mow your lawn regularly, you should enjoy your green lawn for many years.

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