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Angie's List: Summer Lawn Tips
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on June 13, 2014 @ 6:13PM
Created on June 13, 2014 @ 5:35PM
Even though your neighbor does it, it may be hard for you to find the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn.
 
In this Angie's List report, there's simple tips to a healthy summer lawn.
"Lawn experts tell us there are three easy things you can do to keep your grass looking great. Don't over-water it. Don't cut it too short and use the right fertilizer," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie Hicks.
 
Trimming your grass as long as possible may seem like a good way to save time bit you're creating more work in the long-run.
 
"If you're going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you're not going to see as much leaf blade so you're not going to get as much color. The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and sun is going to come down to the soil and dry out the soil more," said lawn care company owner Dave Fuss.
 
Don't go crazy with watering but don't slack off either. A general rule is to water an inch per week during the active growing season but you should adjust it throughout the year to operate according to your needs.
 
"If they have a sprinkler system where they turned on so they're watering, say 15 minutes every day, what happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off," said Fuss.

Fertilizer is important for healthy, lush growth, but if you apply it incorrectly, you can quickly turn your lawn from green to brown.

"We use dry slow-release products all year long because we want to flow feed the turf. The granules fall to the base and goes directly to the root system whereas when you spray liquid fertilizer, you're going to coat the leaf blades of the grass, then if you mow you're going to mow that off," said Fuss.

"When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn, remember it's a process. It's not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight," said Hicks.

Experts tell Angie's List you want to keep a sharp mover blade for a nice, clean cut. That means you need to sharpen the blade three times a year - in the spring, summer and fall.


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