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Lawn & Garden Maintenance

Lawn & Garden Maintenance

Just like maintaining a car, regular maintenance is the first step in avoiding serious lawn problems. This involves fertilizing, generally four or five times per year. If blights do strike your lawn, however, you’re not doomed. Here is a battle plan that will help you return it to glory with some easy lawn and garden maintenance:

Weeds

The best time to destroy weeds is when they are young and before they begin to flower. Herbicides can be effective, but take care when using them to avoid damaging plants you want to keep.

When starting an annual lawn care program, begin with a turf builder that includes a crabgrass preventer. Apply it in the early spring, before consistent 80-degree temperatures set in.

Bugs

Grass is a tasty treat to many a life-form, but it’s the smaller ones that can cause the most damage to your lawn. Such pests either chew down the grass blades or feed on the roots, which causes thinning or brown sections that sometimes can’t be revived. Eliminate these pests during the hot summer months with a blend of fertilizer and insect control.

Shade

Some grass varieties enjoy the darkness shade provides, but no grass can survive in complete shade. Prune and trim tree branches to allow more sunlight through. Shady areas need more water and fertilizer because the grasses compete with tree roots for nutrients.

Bare spots

Remove all thatch to discover the bare spots, then loosen the soil about 1 inch deep. If the soil is in a heavy-traffic area, loosen to 6 inches and add a small amount of peat moss or gypsum. Sprinkle fertilizer in the area and make it level, then use a top-quality grass seed and moisten the area. Water the area twice every day until the grass reaches 1 inch high.

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