How NOT to Have a Crappy Lawn: Enjoying Your Yard

How Not to Have a Crappy Lawn STEP 4

This is a sponsored post for The Home Depot.  I received compensation and/or complimentary materials in exchange for my work, but the opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Spending Time in the Yard

The leaves are popping out, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and we have been spending time outside in the gorgeous weather.  Yes, I said “we.”  Even I have been spending some time out in our yard.  I mean, just look at these pictures.  Even an indoorsy gal like me can appreciate all this pretty.

michigan trees

I cannot get enough of Michigan trees. When we lived further out West, I always missed the giant maples and pines that I took for granted back home.  Even now, I sit out on our nice green lawn and look up to admire our lovely trees. 

I am so happy that the lawn is so much nicer this year than last, that it takes my mind off of the fact that I am surrounded by nature.

pet yard

Even our basset hound is ecstatic about our newly improved lawn.  Trust me.  That’s his ecstatic face.

Enjoying our Yard

I might prefer an air conditioned room and a comfortable recliner, but that yard, those kids, this weather?  This is a view even I could get used to.

After researching, shopping, and using the products, here are my top tips for creating and keeping a NON-crappy lawn:

  1. DON’T OVER-FERTILIZE – Too much fertilizer can burn our your grass.  Shoot for no more than 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.  Your Home Depot worker can help you calculate how much fertilizer to buy.
  2. FEED YOUR LAWN TWICE A YEAR MINIMUM – Most experts suggest that you should fertilize your lawn twice a year (spring/fall or spring/summer depending on growing zone). If you have the time and budget, adding a third meal for your lawn is best.
  3. DON’T SEED AND USE WEED CONTROL AT THE SAME TIME – If you have put down crabgrass preventer, wait a while before seeding any bare areas in your lawn. The crabgrass preventer will also prevent new grass from sprouting.
  4. WATER FIRST THING IN THE MORNING – Water early so that  the hot afternoon sun won’t evaporate the water before it can reach the roots of the grass (not to mention it can heat the water in your hose).  Avoid watering at night because lack of sun overnight can cause un-evaporated water to pool, which makes lawns susceptible to disease and pests.
  5. DON’T MOW WET GRASS – This seems like a no-brainer, but some people still do it. Everybody is busy, I get it, but it’s bad for both your lawn and your lawn mower to try to cut damp grass.
  6. VARY YOUR MOWING PATTERN – Take a tip from major league ballparks and try out a fancy new pattern on your lawn!  Mowing the same pattern in your grass each time damages the blades of grass and creates an unnatural grain to your lawn’s growing pattern.
  7. MOW LESS, MORE FREQUENTLY – Seems like an oxy moron, yes?  While it’s easier to give your lawn a buzz cut so you can squeeze a few more days in between mowings, it’s harmful to the grass.  Set the blade higher and mow more often for thick, green grass.
  8. PULL WEEDS AFTER RAIN – New weeds sprout after a rain, so their roots won’t be as large, AND the moist soil makes pulling weeds less work.

lawn maintenance

And if all else fails, you can always hire a kid to do all the work for you. ;)

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Thanks,  Jessica

 

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