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Do you find yourself longingly looking at your neighbor’s lawn and wondering how they keep it so perfectly manicured and green all year long? For many homeowners, their lawn is a sign of pride of home ownership and it is important to keep it in pristine condition. But if your lawn looks dried out, dead, or just unsightly, proper lawn care may be eluding you. But, do not fret, every homeowner can have that perfect lawn of their dreams. With a little TLC your lawn can too become the envy of the neighborhood. Follow the lawn care tips below to properly maintain and have pride in your beautiful lawn.

• Watering

Watering can be challenging and often raises questions such as: how much water or how often should I water? How much water your lawn needs depends on the climate in which you live as well as the season. In dry climates with more sandy soil, you will need more water. In more moist climates with clay-like soil, you will need less water. As a rule of thumb, a lawn needs approximately 1 inch of water per week. Check to make sure sprinklers are working properly and then program them according to region and season. Two or three times per week should be sufficient.

• Fertilize

Watering your lawn is simply not enough to keep it looking its best all year long. It is important to fertilize your lawn periodically to give it that extra boost of nutrition it needs to grow and thrive. Fertilize your lawn twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. If your lawn looks like it is struggling to get through the hot summer months, it never hurts to fertilize once more. To determine what fertilizer your soil needs, it is a good idea to test your soil’s pH levels.

• Mow

If there is one thing that every lawn needs that is universal no matter where you live it is that it needs to be mowed. It is a good idea to change the patterns that you mow the lawn in. If you went in one direction last time, reverse it the next time. This helps prevent you from wearing “ruts” in the grass. Mow your lawn high, mowing too short will stress the lawn. A weekly mowing is ideal if the grass is growing at a fairly steady pace. If, for some reason, grass is growing slower, less frequent mowing is acceptable.

• Overseeding

Overseeding is important when seasons change because it will help your thin lawn because thick and lush again. Core aerate the lawn and then overseed for best results. Speak to a lawn care expert for advice about the best seeds to buy when the seasons are changing. Overseeding in the fall is a good idea because it will give the grass time to establish roots and grow strong before colder winter temperatures arrive.

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