Tips for a Greener Lawn

GOOD MAINTENANCE PRACTICES often mean the difference between a good and a poor lawn, of course they cannot correct a faulty grade, poor drainage or use of unsuitable grass species.

CUTTING

For most Ohio turfgrasses, cut to a height of 2 1/4" to 3 1/2" for best results every 5 to 7 days. Avoid letting lawn grow long between cutting as when you cut the lawn back to the proper height, it will turn brown and dry out. Be sure to keep your mower blades sharp - dull blades will fray the edges of the grass and allow disease entrance. This will also brown your lawn. Weekly edging not only improves the appearance of your lawn but also helps combat chickweed and wild grasses that will blow in and germinate during the season along the concrete.

WATERING

WATER DURING THE HEAT OF THE DAY... it helps keep the grass cool. Watering during the evening will set up an ideal situation for disease infestation. Water the lawn to a depth of six inches every other day during hot weather. Watering at shallow depths will lead to a shallow, weak root system.

Remember: WATERING is as important as proper cutting and fertilization to maintain a green, healthy lawn.

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