Coveting the lush green grass in front of your neighbor’s house? A healthy lawn is a gold standard in curb appeal, but it does require maintenance to keep it looking so good.
Along with the pure enjoyment of a lush outdoor space, there's a financial incentive to taking care of your grass. According to House Logic, a well-maintained lawn almost always returns 100% or more of the money spent on its upkeep. Plus, you won't have to shell out for a lawn care service when you know exactly what to do.
Follow these maintenance tips for a lush and healthy lawn:
Know your grass
Lowe's notes that your home's location will determine the type of grass that's best suited to the regional climate, and the kind of lawn you have will also guide certain maintenance tasks, such as the ideal length or appropriate fertilizers.
Generally, northern states have cool-season grasses like bluegrass and fescue, while southern homes have warm-season grasses, such as Bahia or Bermuda. The middle states do well with transitional grasses or a mix of both cool- and warm-season strains. It's helpful to read up on the type of grass you have so that you can follow the ideal maintenance steps.
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Mow like a pro
Cutting your grass is likely the most time-consuming lawn maintenance task, although it's key to increasing the density and lushness, as well as decreasing weeds and dry patches. The important mowing practices to know include:
- Don't cut your grass too short: You'll want to mow frequently rather than cutting it short to save time, as taller grass is always healthier. According to Lowe's, you should never cut off more than a third of the grass blade in one mowing session.
- Choose a cool time: Mowing during peak heat makes it harder for grass to recover, so aim to cut the grass later in the day when shade starts to grace your lawn.
- Keep the mower blade sharp: Dull blades can tear the grass and give it an unwelcome brownish hue, so be sure to sharpen or replace your mower blade when it shows signs of fraying or shredding.
After mowing, don't worry about removing the grass clippings from your lawn. According to DIY Network, those clippings can provide up to 25% of your lawn's fertilizer needs - and it will also save you money and time on collecting the clippings in bags.
Control those pesky weeds
A regular mowing and fertilizing schedule can keep the weeds at bay. If you're still struggling to combat regional weeds, such as dandelions or crabgrass, HGTV recommends contacting your local extension office or garden center for help identifying the best strategies to get rid of the weeds.
Water in the right way
Your lawn irrigation needs will depend on the grass type. According to HGTV, warm-season grasses will need about 20% less water than cool-season ones. However, DIY Network estimates that most lawns will need about 1 to 1.5 inches of water every week, which can come from rain, sprinkler systems or hoses. And no matter the lawn, it's generally best to water it in the early morning.
Keep up with seasonal maintenance
Home maintenance extends well beyond regular cleaning and organizing closets. Keeping your lawn looking good and other exterior upkeep is a crucial element of seasonal maintenance. Your lawn will benefit from your efforts to keep your landscaping, drainage systems, driveway, deck and other outdoor spaces in good shape. Here are the guides to help you:
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