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How Lawn Edging Can Enhance the Look of Your Property

How Lawn Edging Can Enhance the Look of Your Property

The land surrounding your home is just as important as your home itself. By taking care of your property, you can boost your curb appeal and the overall value of your home. That's why it's crucial to ensure that the exterior of your home makes a strong first impression.

The most effective way to enhance the look of your landscape is to invest in lawn edging. Lawn edging gives you the tools you need to elevate the appearance of your property and bring out its best features. If you're eager to try out lawn edging for yourself but aren't sure where to begin, here's everything you need to know about the popular landscaping phenomenon.

What Is Lawn Edging?

Lawn edging is a method used by homeowners to accentuate the different elements of their landscape. Whether you have a flowerbed that you're proud of or a garden that you worked hard to cultivate, each of these features can be further highlighted with lawn edging.

Landscape edging can be achieved with a wide array of features. For example, if you wish to provide an aesthetically pleasing walkway that leads up to your vegetable garden, you can add paving stones to your yard. Alternatively, you may choose to encircle your flowerbed with a simple brick border.

The type of edging you choose ultimately depends on your personal preferences as well as your budget. Regardless of how you decide to approach it, lawn edging is a simple and effective way to help your yard appear more polished.

Benefits of Lawn Edging

Lawn edging comes with many practical and aesthetic benefits. One of the main advantages of edging is that it adds a refined touch to your yard. Because your front yard is the first thing that people see when they visit your house, it's well worth your time to ensure that it's properly groomed with lawn edging.

Another major benefit of edging is that it helps prevent damage to your landscape. Certain types of edging, such as a garden trench, can keep your plants or flowers in prime condition and out of harm's way. This makes it possible for you to enjoy the garden or flowerbed that you worked so hard to build and care for.

In addition, lawn edging has a practical appeal for many homeowners. If you're looking for a simple way to keep mulch in place, lawn edging can accomplish this while enhancing the appearance of your yard. A properly edged lawn even has the added benefit of minimal maintenance, allowing you to save time trimming your grass.

Getting the Most Out of Lawn Edging

Lawn edging is more than an extra feature of your landscape. This effective method can significantly boost the curb appeal of your home and keep your yard in top condition all year long. No matter what type of edging you add to your yard, it'll surely give your entire property the extra care and attention it needs.

The 5 Best Weed and Feed Fertilizers for Lawn Care & Weed Control

The 5 Best Weed and Feed Fertilizers for Lawn Care & Weed Control

The 5 Best Weed and Feed Fertilizers for Lawn Care & Weed ControlWeeds are just plants growing where you don't want them too, so everything you do to help your lawn thrive benefits them too. Likewise, the more they take over, the more help your grass needs.

It's a never-ending cycle that you must overcome to achieve the lush, green lawn you desire. Left unchecked, weeds can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to entire crops. Imagine what they can do to your lawn. 

Here's how to master weed control while feeding your patch of green.

When to Weed and Feed Your Lawn

Contrary to popular belief, it's important to fertilize your lawn more than once a year. The best policy is to weed your lawn before the growing season, to prevent weeds from taking root and subsequently taking over.

Ideally, you'll need five applications of a weed and feed application throughout the year. Read on to find out how it's done. 

1. Weed Control in the Springtime

Applying a broadleaf weed control product in the spring will help your grass stay free of weeds while it prepares for the summer growth spurt. Fewer weeds mean there's more sunlight, nutrients, and water available for your grass. 

Using a weed and feed preparation the onset of spring helps boost your soil and obliterate unwanted broadleaf species at the same time.

Dimension® specialty herbicide controls over 45 small-seeded broadleaf weeds as well as grassy weeds like crabgrass for up to 3 months. 

Defendor® specialty herbicide's designed to perform while the weather's still cool. It helps stop the emergence of dandelion and other spring weeds before you even know they're there.

2. Weed Control for Late Spring 

Granular fertilization and liquid weed control work best at this time of year. The best products are slow-release formulas with high phosphorous content. 

Spot spray any stubborn broadleaf weeds that escaped your first treatment with a product specially-formulated for controlling weeds on lawns. A general herbicide spray could kill your grass too

3. Early Summer Weed Prevention

A second round of liquid weed control early in the season will get rid of common fast-growing summer weeds. A gypsum application's also advised at the start of summer.

This will help break down clay under the surface of your lawn and prepare the soil to absorb the large amounts of nutrients needed for summer.  

4. Late Summer Weed and Feed

It's important to provide your lawn with enough nutrients to support your grass throughout the growing season. It helps to perform a soil test beforehand to see what your grass really needs. 

A granular fertilizer containing nitrogen or a complete fertilizer usually does the trick. Continue with your spray-on targeted weed killer for those last stubborn specimens. 

5. Fall Lawn Care Tips

The last stage of your annual lawn care program involves preparing your lawn for the cold weather ahead. Fall's a good time to tackle stubborn weeds. They're so busy storing nutrients for the winter ahead, they absorb herbicides quickly and thoroughly. 

An all-in-one weed and feed preparation's ideal for this time of year. 

Mastering Weed Control and Fertilizing Your Lawn

Do you have a large yard or one's that's seriously undernourished and overgrown with weeds? Are all these technical details a little more than you have time for?

Your lawn needs expert help. Our lawn care professionals are just what the doctor ordered to help turn your lawn into the gorgeous expanse you'd like it to be.

Get in touch for help with weed control and lawn care services for any time of the year. 

Are Japanese Beetle’s The Cause Of Your Unhealthy Lawn?

Are Japanese Beetle’s The Cause Of Your Unhealthy Lawn?

Japanese beetles are one of your lawns biggest summer pests!  They eat their way through the roots of your grass and leaves on your trees.  It seems like their stomachs are never full.

Think You Have Japanese Beetles?

Japanese beetles are easy to spot in your lawn.  They have a bronze back, metallic green head and are about 0.5” long.  You’ll see them eating almost every plant in your yard.  As a matter of fact, Japanese eat over 300 different plants but their favorite plants are roses and trees.

The Life Cycle Of The Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetles lay grubs about 3 inches in the ground in July.  One female beetle can lay anywhere between 40 to 60 eggs.

In late mid to late summer the eggs begin to hatch and turn into grubs.  From late summer to early spring, grubs spend their time about 4 to 8 inches deep in the soil.

When spring arrives, grubs return to the turf and begin feeding on roots until late spring when they start turning into full grown Japanese beetles and begin feeding on your trees.

Get Rid Of Japanese Beetle

Sure Signs You Have Grubs

Grub symptoms includes:

  • Discolored or wilting grass that initially looks like drought damage
  • Damage along roads, driveways and sidewalks
  • Spot of dead or dying grass in early spring or early fall
  • More skunks, raccoons and moles in your yard as they love to eat grubs
  • Areas of grass that you can easily lift or roll back because the grubs ate the roots
  • White c-shaped grub larvae under your grass

When To Treat For Grubs

If you see grubs in your late summer or early fall, that’s the best time to treat and control them.  Come spring, the grubs are much bigger and almost ready to grow into beetles, plus the eggs have already been laid.

Products with an active ingredient of either diazinon or dylox are great for controlling and getting rid of grubs.

10 Summer Lawn Care & Maintenance Tips

Some of the best parts of summer include playing in our own spaces.  Make the most of your summer lawn by following a few simple tips for great lawn care and maintenance. 

Healthy Summer Lawn

  • High sun in midsummer takes a toll on your turf make sure your watering schedule includes deep watering opportunities in the early morning hours. Watering recommendations for lawns include approximately 4-6 inches of soak before shutting off the access.  Manage your watering wisely to avoid evaporation or fungal growth if watering after large rainfalls.

 

  • Weeds never just go away so, continue to spot spray weeds with a weed killer. Manage edges of lawn turf near difficult spaces with a weed whacker.

 

  • Use feed on your lawn at different intervals during the summer to encourage a thick turf of healthy grass.

 

  • Sharpen your mower blades for a quick and efficient pass of the blades on the grass. Lower your blade in the spring and cooler months, raise the blade in the hot months to avoid burning your turf.

 

  • Let clippings lie, don’t collect them in a waste bag. Mulch is some of the best opportunity for natural breakdown to occur that will help feed the turf.

 

  • Natural remedies for fungus circles can include but are not limited to neem oil, compost tea, and baking soda contact applications.

 

  • Preventing and controlling crab grass is best done in the spring months when herbicide can attack the pre-emerging plants and prevent them from spreading.

 

  • If you have Clover in your lawn and it is spreading, it could be that your lawn has not been fertilized enough. Clover thrives in undernourished turf. Weed and Feed mixture turf applications are available for a thick clover problem.  Although, it can be contained by weed pulling and weed killer spot applications with sparse growth needs.

 

  • If you are struggling with uneven growth in the shade the best opportunity to grow grass would be to choose a shade tolerant seed of grass or shade tolerant ground cover in and around pine trees.

 

  • If the grass is thinning you may want to consider aeration of the turf. Using an aerator will help build thicker and stronger grass roots by puncturing holes and allowing the nutrients to penetrate.  Aeration should only be done in the growing season to allow the turf to heal after the application.

Continue to enjoy your summer and have the best lawn for flawless curb appeal and family fun with these care and maintenance tips.  Enjoy!

Why Aerate Your Lawn?

Why Aerate Your Lawn?

What Are The Benefits of Aeration?

Core aeration can help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements through these means:

  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
  • Enhanced soil water uptake.
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling.
  • Stronger turfgrass roots.
  • Reduced soil compaction.
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning.
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown.

Equipment Affects the Outcome

The type of aeration equipment can determine how effective the treatment will be. In general, turf responds best when core holes are close and deep. Equipment with hollow tines removes soil cores. Equipment with open tines divots the soil surface. Aeration equipment also varies in tine size up to 3/4 inch diameter and in depth of penetration up to 4 inches, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications. In most home lawns, fertile topsoil may have been removed or buried during excavation of the basement or footings, forcing grass to grow in subsoil that is more compact, higher in clay content and less likely to sustain a healthy lawn.

Why Is Aeration Necessary?

In most home lawns, fertile topsoil may have been removed or buried during excavation of the basement or footings, forcing grass to grow in subsoil that is more compact, higher in clay content and less likely to sustain a healthy lawn.

Walking, playing and mowing will compact soil and stress lawns. Raindrops and irrigation further compact the soil, reducing large air spaces where roots readily grow. Compaction is greater on heavy clay soils than on sandy soils, and it is greatest in the upper 1 to 1 1/2 inches of soil.

Aeration can help relieve soil compaction, allowing your grass to grow deeper roots and make better use of water and fertilizer.

ROOT GROWTH – Core aeration allows air, water and fertilizer to better reach the root zone. This stimulates root growth to create healthier, stronger turfgrass plants.

Relieve Thatch Accumulation

Most home lawns are subject to thatch accumulation. Left unmanaged, it impedes water, fertilizer and pesticide effectiveness. Core aeration combines soil with the thatch debris, so soil organisms are better able to break down the thatch and reduce its accumulation.

How Often Should Lawns Be Aerated?

Most lawns benefit from annual aeration. Heavily used lawns, or those growing on heavy clay or subsoils may need more than one aeration each year. Again, turf responds best when tine spacing is closer and penetration is deeper.

When is The Best Time to Aerate?

If you have cool season turfgrass such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass, both spring and fall are ideal times to aerate. In spring, aerate between March and May. Perform fall aeration between August and November. Aeration before or at the time of late season fertilization enhances root growth and improves spring greenup and growth.

Warm season turfgrasses such as zoysiagrass and bermudagrass should be aerated in mid-spring to summer. Avoid aerating when warm season grasses are dormant – it may encourage weed competition. In addition, avoid aerating warm season grasses during spring greenup, and not until after their first spring mowing.

Herbicides, Fertilizers & Aeration

It’s best to aerate before you apply pre-emergence herbicides, rather than after. Aerating after a herbicide application can reduce the chemical barrier formed by the herbicide, allowing weeds to germinate. Applying fertilizer after aeration helps the lawn compete against weeds. Water the lawn after aeration, particularly in areas where drought and high temperatures are common.

What can you expect?

Immediately after aeration, your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. Within a week or two, they break apart and disappear into the lawn.

About 7 to 10 days after aeration, the aerification holes will be filled with white, actively growing roots – a sign that the turfgrass is receiving additional oxygen, moisture and nutrients from the soil.

On compacted soils and on lawns with slopes, you should see an immediate difference in water puddling and runoff after irrigation or rainfall. After aeration, your lawn should be able to go longer between waterings, without showing signs of wilt. With repeat aerations over time, your lawn will show enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.

Remember, most lawns benefit from annual aeration. And while you shouldn’t expect miracles, especially with poor soil, lawns that receive this care will be healthier, more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems.

Minneapolis Events 2019

Minneapolis Events 2019

School is out and summer has arrived in Minneapolis.  This means there is going to be a lot going on throughout Minneapolis for you to enjoy.  Here are some of our top picks for events going on throughout the city this summer.

The Vikings Begin Exhibition

May 17th-October 27th, 2019
American Swedish Institute

The Vikings Begin, one of the American Swedish Institute’s most significant exhibitions to date, is the Midwest premiere of an extraordinary collection of early Viking boat burial artifacts! The magnificent installation features Viking helmets, swords, jewelry, glass vessels, bowls and other objects with historical significance, that tell stories about the people buried with them and the society they belonged to.

Stone Arch Bridge Fest

June 14th-16th, 2019
Minneapolis Riverfront

Kick off the start of summer with us at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, one of the first outdoor festivals of the season! Located at one of the most iconic places in Minneapolis, the Festival is filled with people excited for the season.

Check out our recommendations of must see places around the celebration!

Uptown Food Truck Festival

June 23rd, 2019
Lake & Hennepin

Over 65 food trucks showcasing the best local and global dishes ranging from crispy pork belly and green papaya salad to gourmet mini doughnuts and wood fired pizzas. Spend the entire day eating or see what else this popular festival has to offer including two separate stages featuring multiple live bands and DJ’s and multiple games and give-aways.

July 4th Marathon and Fireworks

July 4th, 2019

Sign up for the Red, White & Boom! marathon before you settle in for fireworks. Check out the detailed race information and registration, then take a look at our top places to watch Fourth of July fireworks and check back closer to the holiday for a list of our favorite events.

Basilica Block Party

July 12th-13th, 2019
The Basilica of St. Mary

The Cities 97 Basilica Block Party features 20 bands playing on 3 stages over a two day period in July. All proceeds from the event go to restoration of the historic landmark and to St. Vincent de Paul’s outreach program which provides services to those in need. This annual concert series is beloved by both visitors and residents who love live music and a good cause.

Loring Park Art Festival

July 27th-28th, 2019
Loring Park

Bringing all types of artwork from 140 different artists, the Loring Park Art Festival celebrates it’s 20th year. Art lovers will have a chance to see and take home one-of-a-kind pieces, including oil paintings watercolors, handmade paper, sculpture, textiles, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, prints and more. Festival goes can also enjoy food, live music and unique entertainment for the whole family in the beautiful outdoor setting of Loring Park.

Summer X Games

August 1st-4th, 2019
Locations vary

X Games returns to Minneapolis with the world’s top action sports competition in Skateboard, BMX and Moto, and world-class musical performances. Once again, the Skateboard and BMX Vert events will be free and open to the public. Get your tickets now!

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

August 17th-September 29th, 2019 (only weekends)

King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day.

Minnesota State Fair

August 22nd-September 2nd, 2019
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Since 1859 the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state attracting more than 1.9 million guests annually. There’s something for every here. Foodies (anything and everything on a stick), art lovers, music fans, animal lovers, and more get together to experience the finest showcase of Minnesota’s agriculture, art, and industry.

 

 

Lawn Care & Gardening Related Activities at The Minnesota State Fair

Lawn Care & Gardening Related Activities at The Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get Together is here!  Can you believe it?  This means summer is almost over and its getting close for school to be back in session.

With all the chaos going on, we would like to bring some attention to lawn care and gardening related seminars going on at the Minnesota Fair to help you get a handle on your lawn and garden as things start to get busy.

Lawn Care Activities

Nilgun Tuna from the University of Minnesota will e presenting Sustainable Lawn Care on August 28th and August 29th.

If you love a nice green lawn but dislike the maintenance demands, come meet University of Minnesota turfgrass science experts to learn about water conservation practices for irrigating your lawn. Discover the benefits of auditing your irrigation system, planting drought-tolerant turfgrasses, utilizing smart controllers, rain sensors, soil moisture sensors and much more! Presented with support from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services. At the University of Minnesota CFANS booth in the Agriculture Horticulture Building.

On August 31st,Kim Sullivan from the University of Minnesota will be making a presentation on fall lawn care in Minnesota.

Gardening Activities

Do you want a garden but are too lazy to keep up with the demands?  If so, Theresa Rooney from the University of Minnesota will be presenting Lazy Sustainable Gardening on August 24th and 31st.

How about a rock garden?  One of our favorites you have to check out is the Rock Garden booth.  Their featured items include gazebo and playground equipment, pavers, rocks, fairy gardens, fountains, garden tote bag with books, gardening sheds, illuminated garden stakes, landscaping supplies, lawn ornaments, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor wall art, pinwheels, Regal spinners, stepping stones, wind chimes, flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees.

Peer into distinctive garden kaleidoscopes and see gorgeous flowers transform into mesmerizing images of color and movement. These three unique metal sculptures and spinning flower bowls are created by artist Robert C. Anderson of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Fruit trees, shrubs, and vines are a great way to diversify your landscape and an introduction to local food production. We will share low maintenance species that are great starter options, requiring little pruning and being less susceptible to disease. Presented by a Minnesota Tree Care Advocate, Minnesota Tree Care Advocate Program. Located on the Sustainability Stage in Eco Experience.

Learn from master gardeners, talented florists, lawn enthusiasts and other outdoor experts as they offer informative, entertaining demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions all day long on The DIRT Demo Stage located in the Agriculture Horticulture Building. Demonstrations start at 10 a.m. each day.

Tired of mowing the grass? Replace your lawn with a Food Forest! Learn about all the latest growing trends: Native plants, pollinators, healthy soil, seed saving, wise water use, and harvesting food at home! Presented by Russ Henry, Minnehaha Falls Landscaping and Giving Tree Gardens. Located on the Sustainability Stage in Eco Experience.

 

How To Care For Cool Season Lawns In Minnesota During The Summer Heat

How To Care For Cool Season Lawns In Minnesota During The Summer Heat

Once temperatures get into the 80s and above, lawns will begin to struggle a little, with cool-season grasses having the hardest time. Growth will slow, color may fade, and lawns will show signs of wear and tear as they are less able to recover from stress and traffic. Some cool-season lawns will even go dormant in the summer, looking brown and brittle until early fall.

Water Wisely

  • Lawns need at least one inch of water per week, and more when the heat is severe. Use a rain gauge or straight-sided can to keep track of the amount of water received from rainfall and irrigation.
  • Water deeply and less frequently to encourage drought-tolerant roots.
  • Water early in the day to reduce evaporation and fungal growth.
  • Either water your lawn regularly and deeply, or don’t water at all. Don’t let your lawn go brown and dormant, then try to “water it back to life.” If your lawn goes dormant in summer, it should stay that way until fall – don’t worry, it should recover once the weather changes.

Mowing Tips

  • Raise your mower blade in the summer. Taller grass is more drought-tolerant, grows deeper roots, and helps shade the earth to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Cool-season grasses should be mowed at 3”- 4” during the summer, or as high as your blade will go, while warm-season grasses should be mowed at 2”- 3”.
  • Mulching grass clippings helps keep moisture levels steady.
  • Mow regularly, to prevent cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. This keeps your grass healthier and prevents the clippings from smothering the grass.
  • Keep mower blades sharp. Make sure your mower is cutting your grass, not tearing it, to minimize stress during hot temperatures.

Don’t Over Fertilize

If your lawn is looking straggly in midsummer, resist the urge to fertilize. In fact, it’s best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before your area’s summer temperatures arrive. Applying extra fertilizer in the heat of summer can burn your lawn and create a flush of tender growth that will struggle in the hot summer weather. Never fertilize dormant lawns – wait until they green up in the fall.

High-Traffic Areas

By summer, many lawns begin to show signs of wear, especially in a few popular pathways. Consider installing stepping stones to minimize damage to your grass, and try to minimize traffic on dormant, brittle lawns. If you’re getting plenty of rainfall and your lawn is actively growing, you can apply a bit of fertilizer to these areas to help the blades recover faster.

Control Weeds

Summer is the season to get those growing weeds removed before they bloom and disperse seed for next year. Targeted postemergent herbicides are designed to kill broadleaf weeds without harming turf grass, but they must be applied when temperatures will be below 85° F for a few days. Keep in mind that during the heat of summer, ANY product can be damaging to already-stressed lawn grasses, so use sparingly or hand-pull weeds instead.

Insects and Diseases

  • Dormant or drought-stressed summer lawns can be more susceptible to insect infestations, such as chinch bugs, cutworms, armyworms, sod webworms, fire ants, fleas, and mosquitoes. Minor infestations often take care of themselves, but severe problems may require attention.
  • Summer is also the time for fungal diseases, such as powdery mildew and brown patch. Apply fungicide if needed, and avoid watering in the evening to keep nighttime moisture at a minimum.
  • Grubs will begin hatching in your lawn over the summer. If grubs typically cause problems in your lawn, you can begin applying grub control around midsummer.

 

A Couple Of Summer Lawn Care Tips That Will Make Your Lawn Be Envied By The Neighborhood

A Couple Of Summer Lawn Care Tips That Will Make Your Lawn Be Envied By The Neighborhood

Summer has arrived in Minneapolis which means hotter temperatures and so far, in 2018, a lot more rain than usual.  To keep your lawn healthy and green we decided to give you a few tips you can use this summer.

Lawn Mowing

In the summer months it is important to set your lawn mowers height appropriately.  With our cool season grass in Minnesota, it is recommended to set your mower height to about 3 and a half inches.

For those of you with a push mower, that means setting your lawn mower height to the highest you can.

Cutting your lawn at about 3 and a half inches will help reduce weed growth and allow your lawn to grow thick and lush.  You may even end up becoming the envy of the neighborhood!

Watering

If you have an underground watering system, setting your watering times from 4 to 8 am is the best for your lawn.  Watering in the early morning hours allows the water to soak deep into the soil so the roots can absorb the moisture during the heat of the day.

If you do not have an underground water system, 4 to 8 am is still the best, but you can still get good results if you have completed watering your lawn by 10 am.

If you follow the 2 simple steps above, chances are likely you will have one of the healthiest lawns in the neighborhood.

5 Most Common Lawn Care Mistakes

5 Most Common Lawn Care Mistakes

Having the greenest lawn in the neighborhood takes a lot of work and a lot of knowledge to accomplish.  To help your lawn get started on the right track, we have provided you with the 5 of the most common lawn care mistakes homeowners make when trying to get their lawn on track.

Cutting Lawn Too Short

Mowing grass too short is very harmful to the plant and can actually put it into shock. Cutting off too much of the grass blade will limit its ability to absorb sunshine, which allows it to perform photosynthesis through its leaves and make food. It also weakens the root system.

Set the mower height to about 2 1/2 inches and never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any one time. The grass will develop a deeper root system to support the longer blades and need less water.

Watering Wrong Time Of Day

Don’t water between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. It is best to water between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. There’s usually less wind, less sun, and your lawn has all day to dry.

In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly. And in the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases.

Fertilizing Out Of Season

It is best to apply fertilizer when the grass is rapidly growing, not during the hot summer when the grass wants to go dormant anyway. Fertilizing at this time will require more water to support the increased growth.

Fall fertilization is important for root growth and will give the lawn a boost next Spring. Late spring, late summer, and after the last mow of the year are ideal times to fertilize.

Not Testing Soil

Most homeowners just plant grass willy nilly. Grass thrives in soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5. 

Send a soil sample to your local extension service for testing and they’ll tell you what your soil needs to make your grass healthy.

Mowing With Dull Mower Blades

Dull mower blades actually tear grass blades leaving them looking brown on the tips and making them more prone to disease and insect damage.

It is recommended to sharpen your lawnmower blades at the beginning of each season and possibly once more about mid-way through the season.