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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lawn Care Tips and Tricks

A beautiful lawn

I am not an expert on lawn care by any means, I just know what I do every year to try and keep my lawn looking good. Sometimes I don’t always achieve my desired results but most of the time my lawn looks pretty good.

Lawn care depends a lot on where you live. I happen to live in the Northeast, you can look up lawn care advice for whatever region of the country you live in.

You can also hire a lawn care service to treat and care for your lawn. I have a small lawn and it is fairly easy to care for, so I choose to do these things myself.

A good place to start is to measure the pH balance of your soil. Now I’m not a chemist so all I know is that the pH scale runs from 0 to 14. The lower the number the more acidic the soil is and the higher the number the more alkaline the soil is. 

All I know is that I try to keep the reading around 7 which is the neutral range. This is done very easily with a simple pH meter that you can pick up at your local hardware store.

My soil tends to be on the lower end so every spring I spread lime to bring the pH level back to neutral.  I use the granulated lime you can check this out on line as what is best for you.

Next, early in the spring I spread Scotts Turf Builder, and then spread some new grass seed. You can spread this with a lawn spreader or in my case a hand held spreader. 

Just follow the instruction on the bag as to the rate of spreading, you don’t want too much because you’ll burn your lawn. I do know this first hand, as I've done it myself.

When I mow, I never cut my lawn too short I keep it around 3 to 4 inches, this helps to keep the weed growth down and promotes a healthy lawn.

 It is also a good idea to make sure your lawn mower blade is sharp. I also use a mulching mower the clipping help to supply natural mulch and keeps your lawn healthy.

These are the steps that I take every year to try and have a nice looking and healthy lawn. This year I’m going to go chemical free and try the Scotts Natural Lawn Food. I’ll let you know how it works out next year.