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Summer is fast approaching!  One of the many challenges homeowners face in the summer is keeping their grass green!  It can be so hard to find the right balance between watering too much and watering too little.  The right combination of appropriate watering and use of lawn care products will ensure that your lawn stays looking plush throughout the summer months.  These tips will help you know what to do to maintain that golf course green you are hoping for.

Mow High – You don’t want to keep your lawn mower on the lowest settings.  Keeping your grass at around 3 inches in height will provide more shade for your lawn’s root system.  This will prevent your roots from drying up on the hottest summer days. Taller grass also results in stronger, deeper roots.

Maintain Your Mower – Make sure that you are doing the necessary regular maintenance on your lawn mower.  A poorly maintained mower can damage your grass.  Sharpening the blades and changing the oil, filter, and spark plugs will keep your mower in proper shape.  Dull blades tear the grass rather than cutting it, which leaves brown tips on the blades of grass.

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Water Consistently – Watering your lawn consistently and deeply will do more for your lawn than watering it lightly on a daily basis.  Water your lawn with about an inch of water twice a week for the best results.

Water Early in the Day – You want to program your irrigation systems to turn on in the early hours of the morning.  The ideal time to water is 5am.  This allows your lawn enough time to dry out during the day, which will help prevent fungus growth.

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Repair Damaged Lawn Areas – If an area of your lawn gets damaged by something like pet waste, it is best to repair the damaged area as soon as possible so that it doesn’t continue to spread.  You can purchase lawn repair kits that can help brown spots grow back in as little as four days!

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Apply Fertilizer – Landscaping Contractors recommend fertilizing your lawn every six weeks.  If you are using a traditional fertilizer, this may cause your lawn to grow too quickly.  A lower nitrogen content fertilizer, between 10 and 14, will keep your lawn green without making it grow too fast.  Do your best to apply the fertilizer evenly.  Too much fertilizer in one area can cause brown spots.

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Keeping your lawn green can be a challenge for anyone.  Like with anything else with life, you will get out of it what you put into it.  Following these lawn care guidelines will help you keep your lawn looking plush and pristine all summer long!  If you would like to see more tips and guidelines related to real estate topics, please check out our other blog posts!

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