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Lawn Care

lawn careThe sound of lawn mowers cutting grass, and the scent of fresh-cut grass filled the air earlier this week when the rain stopped and the sun shone warm and bright.  Everywhere I looked, the grass was lush and green, and  the leaves on the trees appeared  large and rich in color.  What a treat! 

A healthy, well-maintained lawn is pleasing to the eye and adds curb appeal to a home.  Getting it that way and keeping it that way takes effort.  NDSU Extension publication H1553, "Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota,"  provides a host of practical tips to help homeowners be successful at the task.  The brochure includes great pictures  and descriptions of common lawn weed and disease problems, and
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Rather than automatically reaching for weed-killing chemicals, there are several common-sense cultural practices homeowners can use to promote weed control in lawns.  One recommendation is to "mow high."  This means that the mower height should be set  so that it measures three inches (or more) from the bottom edge of the mower deck to a flat, solid surface such as the driveway or sidewalk. 

Another tip is to employ patience in the spring by waiting to de-thatch or power rake until the grass is actively growing.  That is when weed seed germination would be at a minimum.

Patience is also the name of the game when it comes to apply lawn fertilizer in the spring.  The recommendation is to wait until sometime in May, often-times around Memorial Day, to do spring fertilizing.   Homeowners who apply lawn fertilizer just once a year are encouraged to do it in the late summer or early fall.  For even better results, the fall fertilizer application can be followed up with another application in the late spring.  According to the publication, "Most lawns will look very satisfactory with two timely applications of a complete turfgrass fertilizer."

A copy of the NDSU Extension publication, "Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota," can be requested from the Extension Office, or it can be accessed online at the NDSU Extension Service website. 

Source:  Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota (H1553), NDSU Extension Service

 

 

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