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Lawn Care Tips

Lawn Mower Blades Always keep your lawn mower blade sharp. A dull blade “rips” the top of a grass blade, leaving a jagged edge that invites pests and disease. A sharp blade provides a clean cut, which helps the grass to heal faster and promotes photosynthesis.   Grass Moisture If your footprints don’t disappear as you walk across your lawn, it’s because the grass blades don’t have the needed moisture to spring back. Most lawns need about 1 to 1.5 inches of rain per week.   Watering your grass If you leave a measuring cup out to collect the water, you can see how long the run time takes for you to get a certain amount of water. If your water three times a week, then you should set your sprinklers to run as long as it takes to fill up the .3 to .5in of water.   Rule of Thumb when mowing The basic rule of mowing is never to cut more than one-third of the leaf blade. Generally, this means mowing about once a week. In other words, mowing can indeed be unhealthy for the lawn, especially if the lawn was cut too short within too short of a period.   Dethatching Dethatching removes the thick layer of dead plant material (thatch), allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach your plants and soil.   Overseeding If you want thicker grass, you should be overseeding. That’s the process of planting new grass on top of what you already have every spring or fall season. Check when the best time to do this is as it depends on the climate you live in.   Mulching Mulching can be an excellent option to give back nutrients to your soil or for you to catch grass seeds that have formed on top of the blade. But remember, if you do the mulch, everything in your lawn will be fed back to your yard, so if you do have a lot of weeds, it may be best not to.