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Lawn Care 101: How to Weed, Seed, Feed, Mow, & Water

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the grass isn't always greener on the

other side with a little regular

maintenance your lawn can be the envy of

the neighborhood a healthy lawn has six

basic components first thing you need to

address weeds look at the overall health

of your lawn if you have large areas of

weeds with very little grass it may be

time to start over spray the weeds with

non-selective weed killer and wait for

them to die non-selective means it kills

all plants so be careful what and where

you spray if your lawn is in better

shape and you only have the occasional

we'd use a selective herbicide and spot

treat only the areas with weeds

once the weeds are eliminated it's time

to improve your soil over time the soil

under your lawn begins to degrade in

quality dethatch using a garden rake

start by raking your lawn vigorously to

remove thatch the dead grass and other

debris that prevents water nutrients and

air from reaching the root system next

aerate your lawn aerating reduces soil

compaction by poking holes in the ground

the best option is to use a core aerator

which removes small plugs of dirt to

loosen the soil on small yards you can

use a spiked aerator now that your weeds

and soil are in check you're ready to

seed there are two categories of seed

warm season grass like Bermuda and

centipede and cool season varieties like

fescue and bluegrass choose the grass

that's best for your region lows can

help you decide if your lawn is in good

shape you'll want to over seed which

means to evenly spread seed over the

entire lawn check the label to determine

which spreader setting to use if you

have bare patches you'll need to spot

seed

loosen the soil with a rake and evenly

spread seed directly on the soil rake

the seed in and tamp it down with the

end of the rake this seed to soil

contact is essential for germination

spread a small amount of mulch or straw

on top for insulation

finally keep the seated area

consistently moist for a couple of weeks

until you see the new growth make sure

not to overwater the area just enough to

keep it slightly wet

with the soil prepared and the seed down

you're well on your way to greener grass

now learn about feeding begin by

measuring your lawns square footage to

determine how much fertilizer you will

need you can use either a broadcast or

drop spreader just be sure to check the

bag for the correct spreader setting you

want to get the amount of fertilizer

right as too much can be just as bad for

your grass as too little apply the

fertilizer evenly do not overlap passes

using weed and feed is a convenient way

to deal with weeds and fertilize your

lawn in one pass just don't use these

types if you are sowing grass because

they work by preventing seeds from

germinating if you are sowing grass use

a lawn starter fertilizer instead how

often you fertilize your lawn depends on

several factors

so check out Lowe's comm Cal to learn

more

now that you've fed your lawn it's time

to think about mowing first only mow

when the lawn is dry otherwise your

grass clippings may clump next make sure

to cut the right height for your type of

grass typically cool season grasses are

cut taller and warm season grasses a

little bit shorter if you're not sure

use the 1/3 rule only remove 1/3 the

length of each blade be mindful of your

grass type when mowing and slow your

mowing frequency for cool season grasses

when the weather is hot and arid keep

your mower blade sharp for a clean cut

that's disease resistant and alter your

mowing patterns so grass won't lean in

one direction last but not least comes

watering most lawns need about an inch

of water per week a rain gauge can help

you monitor rainfall deeply water your

lawn in the morning to avoid loss of

moisture from evaporation watering

deeply is the most efficient method it

gives the water time to reach the root

system and allows the soil to dry Sun

between watering it's a good idea to

hook your sprinkler to a timer to avoid

runoff and wasted water that's it by

following these easy steps your lawn can

look great with just a little time and

effort for more on lawn care

including the best time to seed and

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