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January 2016

When to mow and what height

When to Mow & How Much to Cut

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North Cut cool-season grasses when they reach heights of 3 to 3-½ inches, typically once a week.  If the lawn grows too high for you to cut off one-third of the height and have an acceptable length, cut off one-third and then wait two or three days before cutting off another one-third.  The best time of day to mow is in the evening when the sun is lower in the sky….

Fertilizer Guidelines

Fertilizer Guidelines

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North and South The optimal time to apply fertilizers is when the grass roots and blades are actively growing. 

soil test

Getting a Soil Test | Restoring a Tired Lawn

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To improve your soil, you need to understand what you have in order to apply the right soil amendments. The best way to test your soil is to send a sample to a Cooperative Extension Service (CSREES) (usually located at or affiliated with a state university) or commercial soil laboratory (search online for commercial soil-testing labs). The best time to test soil is in the spring, before you add any…

Eight Steps to Restoring a Lawn

8 Steps to Restoring a Lawn Successfully

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It takes work, but it is not impossible to give your lawn a facelift. While it may take two or three growing seasons, your hard work will eventually pay off in a beautiful lawn. Follow these steps to help wake up a tired lawn: Step 1: Remove Thatch and Weed Buildup Thatch is un-decomposed stems and roots that accumulate near the soil surface.  Dig up a small, triangular-shaped plug of…

Fertilizer Guidelines

Adding Nutrients to Your Soil

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Use a slow-release fertilizer, and avoid putting down more fertilizer than you need. Adding too much nitrogen can cause rapid growth and a thinning of plant cell walls, which makes grass more susceptible to disease. The excess fertilizer may also leach and eventually find its way into waterways, polluting them. Tested Soil When restoring a lawn, apply the fertilizer as recommended by the results of your soil test. Untested Soil If you…

Planting Your Lawn

Preparing to Overseed a Lawn

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Before you begin, choose the seed that is best for your geographical area and buy the amount you need to cover the size of your lawn. You have several tool options for spreading seed evenly and at the recommended rates. They include your own hands, hand-held, and walk-behind spreaders, and slit-seeders (power seeders), which are powerful machines that cut shallow slits in the soil and sow seed at the same…

Take Care of Young Plants

Taking Care of Young Plants

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Your efforts to restore your lawn will be in vain if you do not care for the young grass plants as the seeds germinate and begin to grow. The most critical need is to apply water at least twice a day, assuming no rain. If the soil dries out, the seedlings will not germinate or will soon wither and die. To maximize the germination rate, soak your lawn on the same…