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Mowing A Beautiful Lawn Starts Now!

Without over-complicating things, you should definitely mow your lawn regularly and consistently. Not just for reasons of not being talked about or worrying about snakes but because mowing really will give you a beautiful lawn. Experts say that mowing the lawn is the same as taking care of most other plants in that clipping away the points that grow will cause them branch out and become denser. With grass, the crown is where development of new leaves takes place, so clipping off the crown turns one grass plant into many. This is almost as effective as planting grass seed separately.

Multiply that by the exponential amount of grass plants in a lawn and proper mowing practices and frequency and you can have a thick gorgeous lawn.

A large part of proper lawn maintenance is taking care of your mower, getting the blades sharpened and finding out what cutting height is best for your grass. When you cut off the top of the grass you are cutting the part that produces the food, so especially in seriously hot weather or drought conditions, mow the lawn a bit higher. In addition to this experts say to mow in the morning or early morning before heat sets in. Cutting the grass is stressful on the plants so taking the absolute least traumatic options is the way to go in keeping your lawn healthy.

When you are mowing, it is important to choose one consistent direction such as horizontal or vertical lines which overlap for better coverage. After every few instances of mowing the lawn, change direction as well. So if you mow horizontal lines for a few weeks, switch to vertical lines for a few weeks then back. This will give your lawn a more natural look and feel. Do not forget to pay close attention to the precautions of mowing a lawn though. It is important for your safety and for the safety of others as well.

The Downside Of Taking Care Of Your Own Lawn

Taking care of a lawn through the spring, summer and into the fall months is certainly a big job. In addition to cutting the grass, trimming, and pulling weeds, the lawn also needs to be raked. The walks need to be swept and the grass and weeds must be bagged. Then, it is necessary to water during the long dry spells. If you have shrubbery, it needs periodic trimming and shaping, and the flowerbeds need to be weeded. All of this is done in the hot summer sun!

Hiring a neighborhood kid does not always work out to your advantage. Unless the teenager is responsible and meticulous with his work, your property will suffer. Most teens will give your lawn a quick cut, but they are not willing to pull weeds and take care of flowerbeds and shrubs. When a teen does the work, much of the time, you the owner are overseeing the job.

Those managing a professional lawn care service are more knowledgeable and more dependable. It is important to ask them for references, as well as a detailed quote for the work. The quote needs to be in writing and both parties need to sign it and date it. Make certain that the service knows exactly what you want done and how you want it to look when it is finished. Be as specific as you possibly can. A truly professional service will be insured and have well-trained and well-qualified workers. They will know what products should be used on your lawn to take care of special problems, such as certain types of weeds and the bugs that will ultimately kill your grass. They also know how to feed the lawn properly.

If you are can afford to use a good, professional lawn service, it will save you a great deal of time, energy, and grief. It will look like a professional took care of it and your home will be envy of the neighborhood.

Let’s Go Lawn Care Green This Weekend – Irrigation

You know all the trends these days are headed towards “going green” and of course, what better way to do that then with your home lawn care practices? But there is a lot more to it than just using organic fertilizers and electric lawn mowers. If you want to start going green on your lawn right now, follow these bits of advice in reference to how you water your lawn at home.

Water The Lawn Efficiently

Too many of you like to run your irrigation system every single day for 10 minutes per zone. Honestly guys, that is the biggest waste of water imaginable. The reason is because 10 minutes of water is not enough to penetrate the thatch layer and soak into the root zone where grass plants can use it. Those 10 minute sprinkles just end of getting evaporated away when the sun comes up and that is a waste of a precious resource.

If you want to go green by watering properly, then cut back your irrigation to just twice per week but leave the zones on for 30 minutes each time. If you water 30 minutes per zone twice per week, your water will run 60 minutes total, but more the water will reach the soil and help the turf. But if you stay on the 10 minutes per zone every day schedule I talked about previously, you are using 70 minutes of water per week and almost none of it is getting used. You tell me which way is better?

The last piece to this little puzzle is your choice of sprinkler, and more importantly, keeping the water on target. If you have a sprinkler system, or if you buy a manual sprinkler, you want to keep the water in the lawn and not on your driveway, sidewalk or in the street. Get a sprinkler that keeps the water low to the ground and try not to run it on windy days. Remember, we want the water in the grass, not the gutters!

Pretty simple tips I know, but going green doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Sometimes it just takes a little common lawn care sense. For more information on going green in lawn care, visit www.naturalgreenlawn.com .