Basic Tips for Lawn Care

Every lawn is unique and requires special attention depending on your situation. In order to make the most of any lawn care tips, you need to know how to apply them to your lawn. Your geographic location, climate, and other factors like the type of grass you use all make a difference. Take the time to do a little research on your area and your lawn so you can be fully prepared to make use of lawn care information.


Proper watering practices are essential for keeping your lawn looking healthy and green. Improper watering can lead to a patchy, yellowed lawn and can eventually kill your grass.The time of day you water can change the effectiveness of your watering. Generally, you want to do it early in the morning before there's a lot of direct sunlight on your lawn. This minimizes water loss through evaporation and wind, ensuring your grass gets plenty of water while avoiding waste.

It's important to give your grass the appropriate amount of water for perfect lawn care. Research what your lawn needs depending on the type of grass and your weather, and distribute that water out through the week. Don't forget to take rainfall into consideration. Avoid overwatering; this promotes a weak root system and can leave standing pools of water which attract pests.


Grooming your grass to the right length is a delicate balance. You want it to be long enough to provide a thick, springy lawn without becoming overgrown. You want it short enough to look clean without being stunted, prickly, and unhealthy.

When using a riding lawn mower, take special care. These can be quite heavy. When they drive around repeatedly over a lawn, they can compact the soil and crush grass. However, they are sometimes the only practical solutions for larger lawns. In these cases, use sharp blades and cut slightly lower than normal to minimize the time spend mowing and the frequency of mowing sessions.

Many people prefer to gather their lawn clippings and dispose of them. Whenever possible, however, it's usually better to leave most or all of the clippings. These provide valuable fertilizer for your lawn and usually dissolve back into the soil within a couple of days. Some mowers come with special mulching attachments that will disintegrate clippings into very small particles, which speeds the process. If you do decide to remove clippings, remember to fertilize slightly more than normal to compensate.

Pest Control

Many small insects and other pests enjoy a thick, healthy lawn as much as people do. Depending on where you live, your lawn could be home to beetles, ants, spiders, and more. Some of these pests will destroy your grass and soil, while others will use your lawn as a path into your home.

To reduce this problem, you can keep your grass cut fairly short to provide minimal coverage and shelter to bugs. You can also try applying some pesticides, but be sure to only use those that are safe for your lawn. If you think you have an especially bad pest infestation or you're not sure what strategy to use for pest control, consider calling a pest control expert. They'll be able to give you lawn care tips for pest control and can even come do the work for you.


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