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Lawn and Garden Care: Maintaining Your Yard

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You’ve started your lawn and it looks great. But with lawn and garden care,you can keep it looking great all season long! Here are some tips for maintaining your yard:
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Irrigate Efficiently
  • Water in the early morning! This helps to prevent fungal disease.
  • Water more deeply and less frequently! It encourages deeper root growth.
  • Water using 1/2 to 1 inch of water! This wets the soil to a depth of 4-6 inches. To check on how much water you’re using, collect water from sprinklers in a small can or rain gauge.
  • Prevent water run-off! Irrigate slowly or in multiple short cycles because water is more likely to run off clay soil and sloping lots.
  • Allow soil to dry out between waterings!
  • Watering is hardly necessary during the dormant season (December–February)
Mow Properly
  • Mow grass frequently! Enough so that no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade is removed at one time.
  • Mow when the grass is dry! This prevents the spread of turf disease.
  • Cut the grass higher in the summer! This helps to establish a deeper root system.
  • Sharpen mower blades regularly! Sharp blades do less damage to grass.
  • Do not bag your grass clipping! Use a mulching mower if possible because cut grass that’s left on the lawn returns 60% of the nitrogen and 100% of the phosphorus to the soil,which is very beneficial.
Aerate Your Lawn
  • Aerating your lawn at least once a year will help to improve drainage and bring more oxygen to the soil.
  • Moisten your soil the day before aerating to make it easier and more effective.
  • Use a hollow-tined aerator that removes the plugs to increase water and oxygen to the soil.
  • After aerating, apply compost for added nutrients.
Weed Appropriately
  • Low levels of weeds are okay! When you develop a dense, healthy turf most weeds will go away.
  • Avoid using herbicides! The most effective, least toxic way to remove weeds is pulling them by hand or by using a non-toxic PH balanced granular formula.
  • Don’t let weeds bloom and release their seeds! One plant can send hundred of seeds into your yard.
  • Fill in bare spots in your lawn with grass plugs or seed.

Lawn and Garden Care Products

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We wish you the best of luck on your lawn and garden care projects and hope that these tips help you with maintaining your yard!
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