As the summer months approach, backyard barbecues and stunning landscapes beckon. However, an unkempt, dried-out and weedy lawn won't win you any style points with your neighbors. If you want your lawn to be the envy of the neighborhood, you'll need to follow a strategy to help your grass look its best.
Use Good Watering Practices
Watering your lawn properly requires more thought than just turning on your sprinklers. Most lawns need about an inch of water each week to stay hydrated. You can use a rain gauge to monitor how much you've watered your lawn. If you notice that the grass blades in your lawn are beginning to curl or wilt, you probably need to increase the watering frequency.
Watering your lawn in the mornings or evenings will help you avoid wasting water to evaporation. If you have automatic sprinklers, it's easy to set a consistent watering schedule. If you need to manually water your lawn with portable sprinklers, use a timer so that you don't forget about your sprinklers and overwater your lawn.
Mow Your Lawn With Care
Adhering to a few basic mowing techniques can help your grass stay healthy and green all summer. Before your first mowing session of the year, make sure your lawn mower is in excellent condition by sharpening the blades. Once you're ready to start mowing, don't try to mow your yard down to your desired height all at once; mowing more than the top third of the grass can weaken the roots.
Be sure to schedule your watering so that you won't be tempted to try to mow your lawn while the ground is wet. Wet grass tends to clump together and may be uneven after you cut it. Cutting your lawn while the ground is too dry, such as in the middle of a hot summer day, can cause too much stress to your lawn....