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Caring for Your Lawn

May 31, 2012

Caring for your lawn may require a bit of commitment, but the fruits of your labor are well worth it when you get to enjoy a clean, beautifully landscaped yard with well-trimmed grass and blooming flowers.

The lawn portion of your landscaping can take a lot of time and effort, but the most important thing to remember is to plant the right kind of grass and care for it properly. Talk with nurseries and lawn & garden retailers to determine what type of grass is most appropriate for your climate and terrain.  Once you’ve chosen your grass, the next important step is to plant it at the right time of year.  Again, that will be determined by your climate and terrain, as well as the type of grass.

Below are some easy steps for taking care of your lawn:

  • Use fertilizer to keep the soil healthy and the plants more abundant.  Typically, fertilizers are applied once a year if the soil is good. Otherwise, apply twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  If you are uncertain about the quality of your soil, consult with a lawn & garden expert because over-fertilization can burn the soil.
  • Water your lawn only when it is needed. The ideal time to water your lawn is when the grass begins to wilt due to dryness. You can see that your lawn is dry when the color of your grass is dull and footprints remain for more than a minute after you walk over it.
  • Add water to your grass slowly and deeply. This will let the water seep through the grass down to its roots. Shallow and fast watering will leave the water on the surface.
  • Remove weeds from your lawn, either by hand or by using an old kitchen knife to take out the roots.
  • If your lawn isn’t thriving despite proper care, it is probably because the type of grass is not right for your soil. Consider replanting if the situation does not improve.  Always plant grass that suits your needs, thrives in your soil, and can withstand local weather.
  • When you mow, keep the blade higher and leave the grass longer. Longer blades of grass absorb more sunlight and are, therefore, stronger and healthier. Longer blades also retain more moisture and are stronger against insect infestations.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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