It’s officially spring, but it’s been raining like crazy here in Portland. Last month was the second wettest March in Portland. As a result, our lawn is very green right now. But the grass is also growing wildly, which I don’t like. I’m one of those dads that likes a well groom lawn. Normally, I have one of the better lawns in the neighborhood. Many of my neighbors have told me they think my lawn looks great. In my opinion, a healthy, green lawn makes my home look better and increases it value. Few people want to buy a house with a horrible looking lawn, right? This is actually related to today’s blog post topic: tips for improving your lawn, which I am writing on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for TruGreen. I will receive a promotional item as a thank you for participating. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
Before I get to my lawn care tips, I want to tell you about TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes. From now through April 18th of this year, TruGreen is giving away some awesome prizes to get America’s backyards ready for spring. The grand prize is a $10,000 backyard makeover by TV host Jason Cameron. In addition, you can also win one of 30 daily prizes — including outdoor grills, fire pits and lawn furniture. If I win, I would want a bigger lawn, a paver patio, a deck cover and lots of beautiful flowers.
10 Lawn Care Tips
- Water your lawn regularly
When it doesn’t rain, I water my lawn about three days a week in the spring and fall. In the summer, I water the lawn daily when the temperature reaches 90° or higher.
- Fertilize your lawn
Most of my neighbors water their lawn, but don’t fertilize their lawn. As a result, their lawn doesn’t look as good as mine. Remember, grass needs water AND nutrients. You should consult the directions for your fertilizer, but I fertilize every other month from April through September.
- Remove weed often
It’s important to remove weed growing in your lawn. They compete for nutrients and if left uncheck, they can quickly overrun your lawn.
- Mow your lawn regularly
In the spring and fall, I mow my lawn every four days. During the hot summer season, my lawn grows slower so I only mow it once a week.
- Use the 1/3 rule
Never cut more a third of the grass blade length at any one time. Cutting more than a third at a time can damage your lawn over time.
- Keep your mower blades sharp
You want to cut your grass, not rip it off, which is what happens if you mow with dull blades.
- Change the mowing pattern
Grass tends to lean towards the direction you mow. For a better lawn, you want the blades upright when you mow. To decrease grass leaning in one direction, alternate your mowing pattern each time you mow the lawn.
- Mow when the grass is dry
For the same reason as above, you should not mow the lawn when it’s not dry. Wet grass tends to bend over.
- Don’t mow during the heat of the day
Mowing the lawn when it’s hot can be stressful for the grass. Take it easy on the grass and yourself by mowing the lawn when it’s not so hot.
- Leave clippings on the lawn
I use a reel mower and leave small clippings on my lawn. The cutted grass returns nutrients back to the lawn. Note: you don’t want to leave clumps of grass (or leaves) on your lawn.
For more information about TruGreen, check out this press release about TruGreen, their Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes, and tips for maintaining your lawn during spring. It’s a good read and you’ll learn a thing or two. For instance:
- 61% of homeowners surveyed think that springtime makes them excited to work in their yard
- 63% of homeowners say that in springtime their neighborhood’s curb appeal improves and with it the neighborhood’s value
- 78% homeowners believe that healthy, green lawns specifically add value to their neighborhood