Taking Care of Your Lawn

1. Fertilize in Late August or September.
  • Use only nitrogen and only after a soil test demonstrates the need and only on new or young lawns (less than 10 years old)
2. Mow High
  • 3" or more for vigorous roots and to shade out weeds
3.  Leave Clippings
  • They are high-quality, free fertilizer
4. Plant Appropriate (Endophyte-enhanced) Grass Species
  • They require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, and compete better with weeds
5. Get Your Soil Tested
  • The only way to know just what the lawn needs is to do a soil test
6. Keep Turf Cover Dense
  • Higher density means fewer weeds - overseed, overseed, overseed
7. Core Aerate, Topdress or Mulch Leaves
  • Reduces thatch, improves soil structure and releases nutrients into the soil
8. Water Deep and Infrequently
  • Only if absolutely necessary, deeply soak the lawn once or twice a week with a total of 1" of water
9. Keep Fertilizer and Clippings Off Sidewalks and Driveways
  • Prevents runoff of nutrients into our waterways
10. Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • A clean cut prevents disease

Taken from:
Is Your Lawn Truly Green?
Sage Advice from Top Northeast Experts
by Paul Schlein
Maine YardScaping Partnership
www.yardscaping.org/.../YardScaping_Spring-Lawn-Article_final_5-23-08.pdf

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