Lawn Care: Get Your Grass in Tip-Top Shape

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Lawn Care: Get Your Grass in Tip-Top Shape (Delaware Valley Real Estate)

With warm weather on its way, homebuyers are going to be paying just as much attention to the exterior of a home than the interior. Those shopping for a home want to envision their kids playing in the yard, their friends coming over for barbeques and the lazy Sunday afternoon lying on the lawn.

While people are inclined to bring in flowers, paint the deck and work on the curb appeal, often the lawn itself is neglected. The positives of a well-maintained grass yard are many and it's important to get your grass in tip-top shape before showing your home.

When it comes to growing grass, consistent care is essential. Failure to invest in long-term turf care can open the window to any number of problems in your lawn.

It's also important to give your grass the fertilizing lawn care and control treatments it needs based on the season. Lawn care for growing grass in the spring and early summer has different needs than what is expected in late summer and fall.  

 

The way you mow your lawn can either make growing grass easier or harder. In the spring, you need to keep the grass high. You never want to remove more than one third of the total blade height when mowing, or you could chop off the food-producing parts of the grass blade and end up with a brown lawn instead of a green one.

You should also leave grass clippings on the lawn to help recycle important lawn fertilizing nutrients.

Lawn care experts share that growing green plants is the best thing you can do to clean the air and grass is considered to be better than most other plants or trees at removing carbon and other impurities from the atmosphere. Through the process of photosynthesis, grass takes carbon from the air and stores it in the ground.

"A grass lawn enriches the soil by providing a home for beneficial micro-organisms and insects that eat nature's leftovers-decomposing grass clippings, plant leaves and other vegetation-and recycle nutrients back into the soil," said Michael McDermott, a lawn care expert in Larchmont, N.Y. "It also pollinates plants and serves as food for other animals, making grass an important part of nature's cycle."

An important component of growing grass is to properly water it, and it is better to water deeply (down to a depth of 6 inches) and less frequently, than lightly and more often. If your lawn dulls in color or begins to wilt, then your lawn needs water. Make sure to sweep any fertilizer that lands on driveways and sidewalks back on to the lawn.

Grass also acts like a natural air conditioner that cools the air as it releases water vapor through its blades. The water evaporates and draws heat, cooling the air in the process. As a result, lawns are a safer surface for children to play on and provide the cool comfort we desire on hot days. Those are selling points that can help any home sale.

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Jerry Newman
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Hi Letitia, If everyone's lawn looked as Great as this one in your photo, they wouldn't have a hard time with curb appeal. We have a BIG drought here in San Antonio, and we have moved into Stage II for water restrictions. Watering is very important with Lawn Care too, but most lawns is our area don't look that green. Thanks for sharing your tips on Lawn Care today.

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Cal Yoder
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Letitia, thanks for the blog on lawn care. I take great pride in my lawn. Last year many folks in the neighborhood got disease in their lawns and mine was spared because of my consistent care and the fact that I mow it longer.

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Jun 06, 2011 06:00 AM #2
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Juan Bassett
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Good blog Letitia! Other ways to keep your lawn in good shape are to aerate the soil, this allows water to reach the roots. The more root growth is stimulated the more luscious your lawn will become. Try to water your lawn early a.m. and for a period of time to allow the water to soak into the ground and not run off. Also, an old fashion way (and non toxic) to get rid of bugs is to spray your lawn with a dish detergent and water mixture. Once this solution dries on bugs they simply die. And don't forget to fertilize in the fall/winter to promote root growth in the spring.

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