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Menards Home Improvement Topics: "The green, green grass of home"

Posted at 10:32 AM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2020-06-30 10:45:59-04

With the outdoor season upon us, there are a few simple ways to help your

lawn stay lush and green and become the pride and joy of your neighborhood.

You can start by giving your lawn a good raking to create a de-thatching effect

and “wake up” the lawn for the season.


Regular cutting of the lawn is important because it thickens the grass. Cutting

it little and often is better than all in one go. Switch directions and patterns so

the grass blades aren’t pressed in the same direction each time. In the middle

of summer, you might want to keep the grass a little longer so it withstands

periods of drought.


Cutting the grass removes nutrients that need to be replaced to achieve healthy

growth. From the beginning of spring, you should fertilize the lawn every four

or five weeks. Nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous are important ingredients

for a healthy lawn. Application amounts and instructions are available on most

fertilizer packaging.


If you want a lawn that is lush and green all summer, watering is important.

How often you need to water your lawn depends on temperature and humidity.

When a lawn needs water, the grass will begin to take on a blue-gray tint, and

the older grass blades will begin to curl up and wilt. New lawns should be

watered once a day so seeds can germinate and a solid root system can form.

You can water your lawn by hand or select from a variety of sprinkler options

or automated irrigation systems.

With persistence, you can win the battle against weeds using the right tools,

herbicides or weed-n-feed products. Also, the grass roots need air in order to

grow, therefore it is important to occasionally aerate your lawn to clear away

dead roots and thatch to create more breathing space for the lower parts of the

grass plus help stems grow better.