A Guide to Lawn Care Basics

Your lawn...it instantly projects a certain image to anyone and everyone who sees it. Is your yard large, groomed and lovely, or untidy and lackluster? Like it or not, your lawn is a reflection of you, and all who pass by know whether or not you take lawn care seriously. Here are some lawn care basics that will send you on your way to being the envy of the block. You'll never be successful in your lawn care venture if you don't pick a type of grass that will actually grow in your area. It's a common mistake. Many homeowners see a particular species and think gosh, that would look lovely with my home! Without any consideration for their temperate zone, precipitation amounts, or sun/shade levels on the property. If you aren't sure where you fit in, don't be afraid to ask a store clerk professional for lawn care advice that pertains to your geographic locale.

Perform In-Season Maintenance Regularly

Once you've chosen the proper grass for your area, the next step in proper lawn care is performing several maintenance tasks while your grass is in its prime growth season. Mowing weekly is essential, and the lawn must be kept at an even, uniform height. Raking up the clippings after mowing will prevent tufting, and it's a great way to get your compost pile moving. Aerating the lawn with either spiked shoes or a spiking tool will keep the soil loose...compacted soil is a lawn's worst enemy.

The single most important thing you can do to ensure successful lawn care is watering, especially when the weather is hottest and driest. It may seem like an easy task, but it is often forgotten and as a result your lawn will turn brown and go dormant. Some folks like to use pesticides and herbicides to keep out the weeds and bugs, but if you prefer a more natural approach it's not a must. Do realize that an errant dandelion will crop up if you don't.

Conduct Off-Season Maintenance at the Proper Time

By the end of your first summer, if your lawn is green and gorgeous and perfect, you may think you're a lawn care master and that your job is done until spring. It isn't...unless you live in a year-round sustained climate, your lawn is affected by the change of seasons, and you need to keep up with the tasks needed to sustain a healthy lawn during the 'down' time. In the fall, start cutting shorter and make sure you rake cleanly. This is also the time to add sandy loam and apply fertilizer. Over the winter, add organic material occasionally to invite earthworms and other helpful creatures to stick around.

One important don't...never use a nitrogen based fertilizer from November to March as they will artificially speed growth in the wrong season and cause problems in the spring.

Lawn care does require a large amount of work, and of course you have the option to hire someone to do it all for you if you'd rather. No matter who does the job, nothing beats the feel of the grass on your bare feet for the first time in the summer, and the smell of a freshly mowed lawn strikes a cord down to the fiber of your being. It's almost as if it has become part of the American dream.

Last update:

Back to OwnWays

A Guide to Lawn Care Basics
Providing Bermuda Grass Lawn Care
How to Take Care while Landscaping Your Lawn
Finding Professional Care Lawn Services
Garden and Lawn Care Maintenance
Tips for Lawn and Grass Care
Good Lawn Care Advice
Lawn Care and Landscaping Trends in Recent American History
Starting Your Own Lawn Care Business
Creating a Good Lawn Care Contract
A Collection of Lawn Care Equipment Will Help with a Luxurious Lawn
Picking a Good Lawn Care Fertilizer
Setting up a Lawn Care Franchise
The Best Lawn Care Help
The Lawn Care Industry Is Big Business
Important Lawn Care Information
The Dirt on Lawn Care Jobs
Keeping Up With the Task of Lawn Care Maintenance
Choosing Your Lawn Mower with Care
Identifying and Taking Care of a Lawn Care Problem
The Benefits of a Lawn Care Professional
An Excellent Lawn Care Program
Water, Water Everywhere – When to Schedule Your Lawn Care!
A Wise Lawn Care Tip Can Save Time and Money
Purchasing the Best Lawn Care Tool for Your Yard
Finding the Lawn Care Trailer to Fit Your Needs
A Good Lawn Care Truck
Dealing with Lawn Care with Dogs
The Benefits of Natural Lawn Care
New Lawn Care Techniques for a Healthier Yard
Special Products Available for Organic Lawn Care
Throwing Away Your Mower: A Manual on Organic Lawn Care
Getting Quality Lawn Care
Scott’s Lawn Care Products
Following Scott’s Lawn Care Program
Lawn Care: Keeping it Spring Green
Many Spring Lawn Care Tips
Tips for Total Lawn Care
Trugreen Lawn Care Has Satisfied Customers
Winter Lawn Care Maintenance Tips
Site Map