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Important Steps for a Healthy Lawn

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Have you recently moved into a house with a yard? Are you trying to figure out how to care for your lawn to make it look as nice as possible? Lawn care can be a challenging, but it is nice to watch all of your hard work pay off. Fortunately, there are things you can do that will make your new task easier. Some of these things include the following. 

Fertilize regularly: If you're avoiding fertilizer because you don't want to encourage weeds to grow, you should think again. Healthy grass will grow thickly enough that it will prevent most weeds from even sprouting, let alone taking advantage of the fertilizer. The key to having healthy, vigorous, grass is making sure that you fertilize based on your lawn's grass species. If you're not sure what type of grass you have, a local lawn-care specialist can let you know what types are most common in your area and when they need to be fertilized.

Sharpen your lawn-mower blades: When your mower starts cutting grass poorly or not at all, it can be tempting to think that you need to go look at new lawn mowers. Fortunately for you, you may only need to sharpen the blades to get the mower to cut well once again. If you can't sharpen the blade, perhaps due to damage from a rock or other object, you should know that most lawn mowers have replacable blades. Instead of having to buy a whole new lawn mower, you should be able to buy just a new blade, and then you'll be off and cutting again.

Cut your grass high: Short, neat grass like you see on a football field or a golf course can be attractive. Unfortunately, most grass isn't meant to be that short. When people set their lawn mowers to cut their grass to be an inch high, they're removing their lawn's ability to create and process food from the sun. As a result, you can end up with a lawn that looks dead, dry, and lifeless, even with plenty of fertilizer and water. For your lawn, you have two options: you can reseed your lawn with grass that doesn't mind being cut extremely short, or you can set your lawn-mower blades higher so that less grass is cut at once. The first option can take an entire season to implement, as you'll first have to kill off your current grass and then wait for the new lawn to establish itself. The second option is easy to accomplish, but it may not be as aesthetically pleasing to you.

For more information about lawn care and mowers, consult a company such as Snappy's Outdoor Equipment Sales & Service LLC