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How To Take Care Of Grass

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How To Take Care Of Grass

Remove no more than ⅓ of the grass blade. Cutting away more than ⅓ of the grass height seriously damages your grass. If you miss a mowing session and the grass is far too tall, remove ⅓ of the grass, then wait a few days before cutting it down to the desired height. You may need to cut fast-growing species every three or four days during ideal spring conditions. For example, if the goal height is 2 inches (5cm), don’t let the grass grow taller than 3 in. (7.5cm) before mowing. If the goal is 3 inches (7.6cm), don’t let it get above 4.5 in (11.4cm).
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Check your lawn’s water needs. Your watering schedule should be based on grass species, lawn health, heat, and soil conditions. Cool season grasses (bluegrass, ryegrass, fescues) generally need 1–1.5 inches (2.5–3.8cm) per week, rising to 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) in hot, dry weather. Drought-resistant warm season grasses (buffalo grass, blue grama) can last for weeks without watering, even in the summer. Once you have a good guess for how much water your lawn needs each week, read the next step to find out how to divide it among watering sessions. A local university extension website can teach you how much watering your grass species needs in local weather conditions. To track the amount of water you’re using, leave cans or other open containers on your lawn. Shaded grass usually needs less water, but this may not be true if it’s competing with tree and shrub roots.
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Leave grass clippings on the lawn. Grass clippings decompose quickly and provide nutrients for the lawn. You may use them elsewhere in your garden instead, but grass treated with herbicides and pesticides should not be used on flowers or vegetables. Grass clippings do not contribute to thatch, as is commonly believed.
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Let cool season grass stay dormant. Cool seasons grasses typically go dormant in hot weather, turning brown but ready to revive when cool weather returns. It is possible to prevent this with heavy watering, but once it goes dormant, do not try to revive it until hot weather passes. The grass spends a lot of energy on revival, leaving it vulnerable and weak if it revives and goes dormant more than once a year. While the grass is dormant in hot water, give it 0.25–0.5 inches (6–12mm) water per week.
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Mow when the lawn is cool and dry. Avoid mowing during the hottest part of the day, when grass is vulnerable. Also avoid mowing while the grass is wet. Wet clippings clump on the lawn instead of getting evenly distributed, some mowers are less efficient, and the slippery grass can be dangerous for the mower operator.
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Information About General Lawn Care We all dream of having the perfect lawn. While a “perfect” lawn may be less than ideal, as there will always be something to deal with (like weeds or disease), you can still have a healthy lawn using the following lawn care tips. With topics ranging from lawn diseases to planting and care of lawns, learning how to take care of your lawn can be a simple task. By using the proper lawn care products and practicing good lawn maintenance, you’ll be well on your way to having the yard you’ve always wanted.
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Lawn Basics If you’re new to lawn care or just want the basics, here’s the place to get started. Learn more Lawn Food Feeding is important to maintaining a great lawn. Learn more Grass & Grass Seed Find out how to grow a new lawn, or repair the one you have. Learn more Weed Control Keep crabgrass, dandelions and clover from invading your lawn. Learn more
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How To Take Care Of Grass

Tips Pest problems are regional and best handled by a local source. Look for a lawn pest guide on a local university extension website. Different types of grass are suited to different levels of foot traffic and sunshine. If lawn maintenance has become a constant chore, it may be easier to change lawn use habits or replace it with a new lawn better suited to your needs. Reduce traffic on the lawn while it looks unhealthy (grey or purplish, footprints remain on lawn). If your lawn doesn’t respond well to fertilizer, test your soil or take soil samples and send them to a soil testing lab. Your soil may be low in phosphorus, iron, or other nutrients. If that sounds like too much trouble, switch to a balanced fertilizer (three equal numbers), and do not leave grass clippings on your lawn.
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Pest problems are regional and best handled by a local source. Look for a lawn pest guide on a local university extension website. Different types of grass are suited to different levels of foot traffic and sunshine. If lawn maintenance has become a constant chore, it may be easier to change lawn use habits or replace it with a new lawn better suited to your needs. Reduce traffic on the lawn while it looks unhealthy (grey or purplish, footprints remain on lawn). If your lawn doesn’t respond well to fertilizer, test your soil or take soil samples and send them to a soil testing lab. Your soil may be low in phosphorus, iron, or other nutrients. If that sounds like too much trouble, switch to a balanced fertilizer (three equal numbers), and do not leave grass clippings on your lawn.
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We all dream of having the perfect lawn. While a “perfect” lawn may be less than ideal, as there will always be something to deal with (like weeds or disease), you can still have a healthy lawn using the following lawn care tips. With topics ranging from lawn diseases to planting and care of lawns, learning how to take care of your lawn can be a simple task. By using the proper lawn care products and practicing good lawn maintenance, you’ll be well on your way to having the yard you’ve always wanted.
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You can actually have that perfect, maintenance-free lawn with artificial turf. However, like anything, artificial turf has its pros and cons. Installing artificial grass near trees is a specific concern. Learn about using artificial grass around trees in this article.
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Mow grass whenever it is growing, provided the ground isn’t too wet or icy to walk on. In spring, mow once a week with the blades at their highest setting, and gradually lower them as growth accelerates. Use a box to collect the clippings, which can be composted, or use a “mulching mower” which doesn’t remove the grass but chops it into fine pieces, returning nutrients to the lawn. Rake off thick patches of clippings, which will damage the turf. In summer, a high-quality lawn may need cutting three times a week, but in autumn, as growth slows, once or twice a week should suffice.
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In dry periods, water newly laid turf, freshly sown areas, and high-quality lawns. Leave established lawns unwatered, but stop mowing because longer grass helps protect the roots. The grass may turn brown, but will recover once it rains.
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The amount of fertilizer you need to maintain lush green grass depends on how rich the underlying soil is, and if you occasionally leave the clippings on the lawn, which help top up the soil nutrients. Apply granular or liquid lawn fertilizer at least once a year. Spring and early summer feeds are high in nitrogen to boost leaf growth; products for use in early autumn are low in nitrogen but high in potassium to aid grass roots in winter. Do not overfeed because it can result in weak growth and fungal problems.
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Decide on a fertilizer plan. All lawns need at least one fertilization a year to prevent water runoff and improve health. Past that, it’s up to your how much effort you want to put in. Here are three approaches, from the easiest to the most effective: Fertilize once a year, applying 1 lb nitrogen per 1,000 square feet (0.5 kg / 100 m2). Late fall is ideal, but never during frost, snowy or soaked ground, or a heat wave following a frost. Fertilize every 8–10 weeks from spring to fall, using 0.5–1 lb nitrogen per 1,000 square feet (0.25–0.5 kg / 100 m2) each time. Skip one of these if you leave grass clippings on your lawn after each mow. Look at a local university agriculture extension website for a guide that matches your grass species and climate.

Shake water droplets from grass surface. Dew will not harm your grass, but “guttation” will. This is the formation of sugary water droplets along the blade edge, which attract disease and pests. To get rid of these, drag a hose or whipping pole over the surface, or hose them off with a brief spray.
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Care for lawns in winter. Minimize lawn use during frosts, when the lawn is vulnerable. If you need to break up ice, use as little salt as possible. Calcium chloride products are safer than sodium chloride or salt-laden snow. Never use fertilizers to break up ice, as they will run off along with snowmelt and pollute water sources. Stick to light use in early spring until the grass dries out and revives. If there are bare spots, seed them early before weeds take hold.

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