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Angie's List-- 3 Simple Summer Lawn Tips

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Even though your annoying neighbor does, it can be hard to find the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn, but don’t get discouraged.

“Lawn experts tell us there are three easy things you can do to keep your grass looking great,” said Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. “Don’t over water it. Don’t cut it too short and use the right fertilizer.”

Trimming your grass as short as possible may seem like a good way to save time, but you’re creating more work in the long-run.

“If you’re going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you’re not going to see as much leaf blade so you’re not going to get as much color,” said Dave Fuss, a lawn care company owner. “The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going come down to the soil and dry out the soil more.”

Don’t go crazy with watering, but don’t slack off either. A general rule is to water an inch per week during the active growing season, but you should adjust it throughout the year to operate according to your needs.

“If they have a sprinkler system where they turned on so their watering say 15 minutes every day, what happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off,” Fuss said.

Fertilizer is important for healthy, lush growth, but if you apply it incorrectly, you can quickly turn your lawn from green to brown.

“We use dry slow-release products all year-long because we want to slow feed the turf,” said Fuss. The granules fall to the base and goes directly to root system whereas when you spray liquid fertilizer you’re going to coat the leaf blades of the grass, then if you mow you’re going to mow that off.”

“When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn remember it’s a process,” Hicks said. “It’s not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight.”

Highly-rated lawn care experts tell Angie’s List you want to keep a sharp mower blade for a nice, clean cut.

That means you’ll need to sharpen the blade about three times a year – in the spring, summer and fall.

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