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Lawn Care Tips

Beginners will want to consult these lawn care tips before trying to grow grass in their yards. Learn about aerating, weeding and seeding, fertilizing, laying sod, edging, mower maintenance, strategic mowing and more. If you're questioning the wisdom of even planting a lawn in the first place, I introduce you to some alternatives.
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  2. Lawn Care Equipment Reviews (18)
  3. Alternatives to Lawn Grass (8)
  4. Lawn Ornaments (11)

Spring Lawn Care Tips
Now the other end of the spectrum: spring. First the bad news about spring lawn care: if you fall behind in your work, you will regret it for the remainder of the year. Now the good news: compared to your lawn care workload in summer (when you'll be mowing regularly), there's not nearly as much to do in spring (at least the early part of it).

Grass Types, Mowers and Fertilizers for Greener Lawns
How do you achieve a greener lawn? Unfortunately, it's not easy. There are numerous issues to address, and you have to get everything right. This article on lawn care tips is a good place to start. Learn about fertilizers, weed control, irrigation and choosing a type of grass that will work in your region and conditions.

Best Crabgrass Killers: 3 Ways to Keep Your Lawn Weed-Free
The best crabgrass killers are not actually "killers." I relate 3 crabgrass control methods here. The top 2 are preventive. The third is using post-emergent herbicides, which I give instructions for in this article.

Common Lawn Weeds
Common lawn weeds include crabgrass, dandelions, creeping charlie and common plantain. Here's some help (via pictures) identifying these and other weeds that commonly plague lawns. I also supply tips on how to control them.

How to Install Lawn Edging
Think lawn edging is just about giving your grassy expanse a more finished, manicured look? Think again! Edging, installed properly, can save you work. And installing edging specifically with a mowing strip is a great lawn-care tip. Learn how and why here.

Lawn Care Tips FAQ
Lawn care has more components than you might think, at first glance. For starters, you need to begin with the right grass type for your yard. You then need to irrigate it, weed it, fertilize it, mow it properly and pick up leaves in fall. These tips, as well as those in accompanying FAQs, should get you going in the right direction.

Automatic Lawn Irrigation Systems
Do lawn irrigation systems waste water? No. People waste water, not irrigation systems. Here's a tip that can save you money: if you program it properly, you can actually save water by switching to an irrigation system. Oh, and these systems save something else, too: work!

Landscaping With Dogs: Avoiding "Dog Spots" on Your Grass
Some things just do not mix well. Lawns and dogs are one example. But if you wish to swim against the current and have both in your yard, you'll want to read these lawn care tips for dog owners. Warning: put your compromising hat on, because you'll have your share of compromises to make.

Lawn Mowing Tips
Lawn mowing is easy -- perhaps deceptively so. That is, many of us have been mowing since childhood and may feel we know all there is to know about mowing. But an old dog can learn new tricks. Young and old alike may profit from perusing this how-to article.

Leaf Blowers, Vacuums and Mulching Mowers for Fall Leaf Removal
Picking up those pesky leaves in fall is an important part of lawn care. Each tool considered in these reviews has its pros and cons. Which product you select will depend on your own unique needs, but my reviews will at least make you aware of the kinds of products available -- and give you food for thought before buying.

Fall Lawn Care Tips
After implementing my spring lawn care tips (below) so faithfully and religiously mowing all summer, it would be a shame to let up in fall and waste all those efforts. Study these tips on fall lawn care to ensure that you put your lawn to bed properly for winter, capping off a successful year of caring for your grass.

What to Do With Leaves After You've Raked Them
Fall lawn care means leaf removal, among other things. I've already provided a link (above) for leaf blowers, to keep you from having to wield a rake (your blister-free hands will thank you). But what do you do with the leaves afterwards? Those interested in recycling leaves within the confines of their own yards will be interested in this look at making compost or mulch with leaves.

Shade-Tolerant Grasses
Among the various grass types, some tolerate shade better than others. One of the most essential lawn care tips for me to impart to you is this: if you're trying to grow grass in shade, do not fight the fact that you should be growing a shade-tolerant grass! I give one example of a shade-tolerant grass for the North and one for the South.

Tall Fescue
One of the examples I mention in the above resource is tall fescue. It may seem that there are contradictory views out there regarding tall fescue. But some of the confusion is cleared up when you learn what the different types of tall fescue are.

Organic Lawn Care Tips
Colleen Vanderlinden, About's Guide to Organic Gardening, says organic lawn care needn't be difficult. Her tips? Just test your soil, top dress your lawn with compost in spring and fall, mow high, water deeply and infrequently, and take a smart approach to weed control.

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