Angie's List: 3 Summer Lawn Tips

Lawn experts say keeping your grass looking great; comes down to a few simple steps.

Even though your annoying neighbor does, it can be hard to find the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn.

But don’t get discouraged.

In today’s Angie’s List report, three simple tips to a healthy summer lawn.

“Lawn experts tell us there are three easy things you can do to keep your grass looking great. Don’t overwater it. Don’t cut it too short and use the right fertilizer,” Founder Angie Hicks said.

Trimming your grass as short as possible may seem like a good way to save time, but you’re creating more work in the long-run.

“If you’re going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you’re not going to see as much leaf blade so you’re not going to get as much color. The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going come down to the soil and dry out the soil more,” Lawn Care Company Owner Dave Fuss said.

Don’t go crazy with watering, but don’t slack off either.

A general rule is to water an inch per week during the active growing season.

But you should adjust it throughout the year to operate according to your needs.

“If they have a sprinkler system where they turned on so their watering say 15 minutes every day, what happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off,” Fuss said.

Fertilizer is important for healthy, lush growth, but if you apply it incorrectly, you can quickly turn your lawn from green to brown.

“We use dry slow-release products all year-long because we want to slow feed the turf. The granules fall to the base and goes directly to root system whereas when you spray liquid fertilizer you’re going to coat the leaf blades of the grass, then if you mow you’re going to mow that off,” Fuss said.

“When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn remember it’s a process. It’s not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight,” Hicks said.

Highly-rated lawn care experts tell Angie’s List you want to keep a sharp mower blade for a nice, clean cut.

That means you’ll need to sharpen the blade about three times a year – in the spring, summer and fall.

Angie’s List Tips: Hiring a pro

·         Hey, you need help! If you’ve thrown the whole kitchen sink at the lawn and nothing sticks, it might be time to start over. The answer to your lawn problems could be that you’re doing too much and it may be time to seek the help of a professional.

·         Check out my lawn: Don’t hire a company that won’t inspect your grass before starting work. Make sure your technician measures the size of your lawn, understands your grass type and takes note of existing damage. Get everything in writing before you hire.

·         Be careful overusing pesticides! Pesticides can be essential to preventing infestations and disease but should be used with great caution. Some pesticides are very harsh on a lawn. Most states require licensing and certification for the commercial application of fertilizer and pesticides. To check licensing laws in your city, please visit the Angie's List License Check Tool.

·         Beware of the quick cure! Each lawn is a unique, growing plant, and even lawns side-by-side in the same neighborhood may need different treatment. Recovery will depend on a number of factors. Stay away from a company who claims to work miracles.

  • Watch out for a low price! Be wary of treatment companies with flashy ads that sound too good to be true. If the price is extremely low, expect an aggressive upsell.

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