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    Lawn Care Secrets

    The real secret is just plain old H20 or water. Did you know the main ingredient for proper lawn care is water! Yes...without water your lawn will suffer. But did you also know that too much water will turn your lawn yellow?

    Why? Because water will eventually leach out the nutrients from the soil. So what can you do to combat this situation? Fertilize your lawn at least 3 times per year, perferably once in the the early spring, once in mid summer and again in early fall.

    To get even better looking lawn try it once per month starting in March and continue until about mid October. Always use a good lawn type fertilizer and use a good lawn spreader.

    The Secret to a great looking lawn

    A great looking lawn requires using a winterizer in late fall or early winter. Lawn winterizer is not a fertilizer. It is a vitamin for the root system of any type of lawn. You want a good healthy root system during the winter months. You will see the difference in spring, and the summer seasons.

    You should also aerate your lawn at least once per year. If you have clayish or hard type soil you should do it at least twice per year. Avoid aerating too often as this will help weed seeds to germinate.

    Dethatching is to remove old dead grass leaves and other debris that hinders growth. This should be done during the early spring and be sure to use a good lawn dethacher or hard rake. If you have a large lawn you may have to hire a good maintenance landscaping company. Avoid your neighbors kid trying to make a few extra dollars.

    Watering - Always follow city water restrictions when watering. If you have bermuda type grass you can generally water 2-3 times per week about 15-20 minutes on a sprinkler system. If you have all season type grass such as Kentucky blue grass or fescue I recommend at least every day at 20-30 minutes on a sprinkler system if water restrictions are allowed.

    Grubs - These ugly type worms that get under the surface of the grass and devour your lawns root system. Once that happens the grass has no way of getting water or nutrients to the blades. You need to get rid of them asap. If you have brown spots in your lawn you may have these worms.

    Dig around the brown spot area about 2-4 inches down. These worms are large about the size of a large thumb with an ugly brown head. Use a good grub conrtol type of pesticide perferably in a granular type form. Trichlorfon is also an effective pesticide for grubs be sure to read labels before applying.

    Weeds! Those awful weeds that seem to always popup in your lawn right around early spring. Use Fertilome "Weed-Out Plus". This Kills Dandelions, Clover, Crabgrass, Nutsedge, Chickweed, Spurge and many other Lawn Weeds. Ask for it at your friendly local nursery. It really does work! You can also use herbicides to kill unwanted weeds, grass and or plants. Be sure to read instructions thoroughly.

    Fungus among us. I Hate fungus these are usually dark brown spots on your lawn. Fungus feeds on dead vegetation even on dead wood, stumps, limbs, and leaves that is why it is important to detach in the spring. Use a fungicide to help prevent, remove and kill fungus on your lawn. Ask for it at your local nursery store.

    Many nursery stores now offer organic type herbicides, fertilizers and fungicides. Be sure to ask for a nursery store manager or horticulturists for further information regarding organic gardening products. There you have it some good easy lawn care secrets.

    Watering and fertilizing is an essential part of lawn care It also means mowing your lawn. There is an art to mowing the grass. The best way to get a great looking lawn when you mow is knowing the length your grass needs to be in order to stay healthy. Letting your grass stay longer is actually healthier for the lawn.

    Mowing damages the blades of grass and if you mow grasses too short, you end up with burned patches on your lawn. You only want to cut off about the top third of the blade.

    You can also pull weeds by hand. Thatís a pretty easy job to do unless you have a very large lawn. You could pay the kid next door to do it for you. One easier way is to use a weed extractor. This is a tool that you can push down into the soil that will clamp the root of the weed and lift it up and out of the ground. Weed killers or herbicides are also good for controlling weeds.

    Use a preemergence to stop weeds for germinating in the first place. For weeds that are already present in your lawn, you can use herbicides designed to kill existing weeds. Growing a lawn thatís healthy and vibrant isnít something that happens overnight.

    In many cases, itís not even something that happens in one growing season. But little by little, youíll start to see significant improvements in your lawn until the day you open the front door and realized it can be classified as ďlush!Ē Start with a formidable action plan and then map out a calendar that helps you stay on top of the maintenance steps youíll need to adhere to. Buy the best products that you can afford and make sure that youíre not putting anything on your lawn that harms your environment.

    paul guzman

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