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Idiot Proof Lawn Care Shortcuts For Impatient Home Owners

By Dewey J Capasso

Do you wish your lawn could to be in tip top shape throughout the year? Spring is the time to help you get your lawn preened and green. From winter clean up to aeration, mowing and seeding, this is the time to give your lawn a good once over. Here are 7 spring lawn care tips for a healthy lawn.

De-litter: Get rid of any lingering fallen leaves, twigs and branches. This saves you time later on when grooming and cutting.

De-Thatch: If your thatch levels exceed one-half inch then rake it up and away. Less than that can work to reduce evaporation and keep weeds from germinating. More than that can smother your lawn and prevent rain water penetration.

Aerate: It would be a good idea to rent a core aerator if your grass is thin and dirt is compacted. It will loosen the soil by removing small soil plugs or cores. Doing so make deep root penetration likely and helps needed microorganisms to grow. Another benefit would help de-stressing your lawn quicker after a hot summer.

Weed Control. Another important step is weed control or prevention. Spring is the best time to apply a pre-emergent. This will prevent unwelcome guests such as crab grass from settling in. Always have the upper hand and apply the pre-emergent two weeks before the crab grass germinates. If unsure when this will happen your local extension service will be able to help you.

Bare Spot Repair: Planting seeds or putting down sod is the best way to treat those unsightly bare spots. Seeding is cheaper and works well as long as you keep the birds away and keep off the newly seeded area for about six weeks. This will allow the grass to get established. Soil temps are important when planting and need to be high enough to encourage germination. 70 degrees works for warm season grass and 50 degrees works best for cool season varieties.

Optimize pH levels: A pH level of 6.5 is ideal for turf grasses. You need the right pH for a healthy lawn. If a soil test finds the pH to be lower than that you’ll want to apply lime. While a higher pH tells you the soil lacks sulfur. You can buy soil pH test kits. Or have it done perhaps at a local garden center.

Cutting Blades: Always mow with a sharp blade so you get a clean cut. It’s better for the grass. And the lack of ragged edges will leave you with a better looking yard too. Those serious about a great lawn have two blades. One that’s sharp and one being sharpened.

Anyway, by following these simple steps, you will have green grass throughout the year. Also, a lawn make-over is the perfect way to welcome spring and to keep your grass ever green.

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Capasso, Dewey J. "Idiot Proof Lawn Care Shortcuts For Impatient Home Owners." Idiot Proof Lawn Care Shortcuts For Impatient Home Owners. 22 Jun. 2010. 6 May 2015 <>.

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Capasso, D (2010, June 22). Idiot Proof Lawn Care Shortcuts For Impatient Home Owners. Retrieved May 6, 2015, from

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Capasso, Dewey J. "Idiot Proof Lawn Care Shortcuts For Impatient Home Owners"

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