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Front Page - Friday, April 19, 2019

Focus on your lawn this month




When it comes to your home exterior, people tend to notice your front lawn first. A well-maintained lawn not only enhances your home’s curb appeal but also helps sustain and strengthen home values throughout your neighborhood.

Cultivate a lush and healthy lawn this month by taking these easy steps.

Mowing

To select the appropriate blade height for your mower, learn what type of grass variety makes up your lawn.

Strengthen the roots of your grass by cutting off the top third. If you cut your lawn too short, your grass will be susceptible to weed infestation.

To keep your grass straight and strong, change direction each time you mow.

Also, put the rake away. Grass clippings and leaves are full of nutrients and reduce your need for fertilizers.

Hydration

An inch of water per week, through rainfall or in combination with irrigation, will produce a verdant lawn. The amount of watering your lawn needs depends on seasonal changes, sun and shade.

Many states, municipalities and HOAs have rules regarding when and how much residents can water their lawns. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or early evening. Generally, there’s less wind and heat during those times, so water will penetrate the soil and generate less run-off.

Fertilization

Fertilization encourages leaf growth, reduces weeds and protects the richness of the soil.

The amount of nutrients from fertilizer needed depends on the type of grass you have. Apply fertilizer based on your grass variety to avoid damaging your lawn.

Most fertilizing packages will provide details on how and when to apply the material. Any unused fertilizer is effective for one year if the material is stored in a sealed container located in a cool, dry place.

Overseeding

Lawns with bare areas can benefit from overseeding. This technique adds grass seed to an existing lawn. New grass installation is recommended if more than half of your lawn is in poor condition.

Before overseeding, determine the underlying cause of your yard damage such as weeds or insects to prevent further lawn destruction. The type of seed needed to improve the density of your lawn depends on the variety of grass in your yard.

Taking steps to energize your lawn will renew the look of your home. Following these lawn care ideas can make the grass greener on your side of the neighborhood.

To find quality lawn maintenance professionals and landscape designers, visit the online membership directory of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga at HBAGC.net.