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A beautiful home lawn is the delight of many, and billions of dollars are spent annually in the pursuit of that often elusive goal. Why is the "perfect lawn" so elusive?


Often it seems, the more money you throw at your home lawn the worse it becomes. Some people comment that even the grass in the roadside ditch looks better than their home lawn. There's no doubt that doing "too much" with lawns, or "poor timing" of applications, can make things worse instead of better. Let's look at some of the basics.

The right combination of sound lawn care methods is key

Over-fertilization can lead to thick thatch layers, a higher incidence of lawn diseases, and burnouts if lawns are pushed to grow during periods of hot, dry weather.

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This renovated lawn added 'curb appeal' to this home!


'The Honeymoon'
  
The first 7 years with a new lawn is known as the "honeymoon."  Problems with thatch usually haven't appeared yet.  Smart homeowners will pay close attention to thatch and other seemingly small details before they become big problems. Think of it as preventive maintenance.

Attention to the "small things" pay off!

  • Selecting only the best grass varieties
  • Adjusting your soil chemistry
  • Proper fertilization rates and timing
  • Thatch control
  • Proper watering
  • Keeping mower blades sharp
  • Mowing at the right height
  • Addressing insect & disease problems early

These web pages containing extensive lawn care information will help your understanding of proper turf care.


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