Lawn & Garden Maintenance

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Lawn care is an important aspect of home garden maintenance. Mowing, fertilizing and watering provide the basis of good lawn care.

Tips for a Healthier Yard

Follow these lawn and garden maintenance tips:

  • Small, frequent use of lawn fertilizer works better than larger, less frequent fertilizing. Choose a day where the soil is moist to fertilize. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer and water lightly. Don't fertilize just before heavy rain, which will wash fertilizer away.
  • When you mow, set your lawn mower wheels to the highest setting, so you're not cutting the grass back too short. Don't worry about raking up grass cuttings. Instead, leave them on the lawn so they release their nutrients back into the soil.
  • When you're gardening, water in the late evening or early morning. Water in the heat of the day and you lose waterto evaporation. Your lawn needs approximately one inch of water a week, increasing to one inch every three days during hot weather.

If you're not sure how much water your lawn needs, use the tuna can trick. Place an empty tuna can in the area you're watering. When the can overflows you've finished watering.

Lawn Repair

Small patches of dead grass often grow back without any need for lawn care. Any area larger than a square foot, however, may require repair work. If you're adding new seed try to match the seed to your existing grass so you get a nice blend.

Here's how to turn a patch of dead grass back into a healthy green:

Home Garden Maintenance

Gardening, of course, requires more than just lawn care. A home garden also includes flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Breaking up the soil around plants helps water penetrate to the roots, and improves nutrient absorption. An inch or two of mulch helps prevent both evaporation and erosion.

Weeding is, perhaps, the least enjoyable aspect of home gardening. To prevent weeds from getting the upper hand, start weeding early in the season, and weed a small section of garden every day. This way you avoid an overwhelming garden-wide weed infestation:

  • 1.Remove dead grass, trimming the sides of the hole to make it straight.
  • 2.Fill the hole with topsoil, so it's level with the old soil.
  • 3.Plant new seeds, using just enough soil to cover the seeds.
  • 4.Tamp the new seed area down gently.
  • 5.Apply a small amount of fertilizer and keep the soil moist.
  • 6.Don't mow until seedlings are two to three inches tall.

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  • 1.Remove dead grass, trimming the sides of the hole to make it straight. 2.Fill the hole with topsoil, so it's level with the old soil. 3.Plant new seeds, using just enough soil to cover the seeds. 4.Tamp the new seed area down gently. 5.Apply a small amount of fertilizer and keep the soil moist. 6.Don't mow until seedlings are two to three inches tall.

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