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Learning to water your lawn properly is very important to maintaining a healthy condition. Most lawn problems are related to poor watering practices. Failure to water sufficiently will result in dry areas that if left too long will turn brown. On the other hand, too much water can lead to disease and lawn damage. It is important to irrigate your lawn correctly.
Another key to proper watering is learning to recognize when your lawn is thirsty. Turf grass will let you know when it is dry by changing color to a slightly blue color. On closer inspection you will find that the turf is somewhat limp as well. If you step on the dehydrated turf it will not spring back like properly hydrated turf will.
Be careful not to over water your new lawn. Too much water can deprive the roots of oxygen. During the warm humid summer months, too much water can increase the chances of disease. If you are concerned that you may be applying too much water, reduce watering time until you begin to see slight signs of wilt, then increase your time by a small amount.
One of the keys to maintaining a beautiful lawn is in the mowing. Mower height, sharpness, and cleanliness can make the difference between a beautiful green lawn and a not so beautiful weed infested one.
Mower blades must be maintained in sharp condition to keep your lawn looking its best. Dull blades do not cut evenly, which results in damaged grass that will give the lawn a brown cast. A sharp mower blade cuts the grass blade cleanly, leaving only a minor opening that heals quickly. Be sure not to cut your grass too short, this will also cause damage.
Most sod varieties require weekly mowing during the growing season. Letting your lawn get too tall between mowings, can cause damage. In general, it is not recommended to mow off more than 1/3 of the blade height.
Make sure your mower is clean of weeds prior to cutting your lawn. Weeds can be transferred from one lawn to another if they are cut with the same lawn mower.
A good general rule is to fertilize twice per year, in the spring and fall. Fertilize with an all purpose fertilizer to promote root growth. General purpose fertilizers have a balanced blend of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.
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