6 Tips for the Perfect Lawn

by Jeff Oetting / 20 March 2017 / No Comments

With spring among us, having a soft, green lawn is a wonderful thing to have. It adds to the look of your home. Establishing a beautiful turf isn’t out of reach or as hard as some assume. The plus side of this is that you can achieve this in the cheapest way possible.

Here’s some advice to achieve the perfect lawn.


Prevent Weeds Before They Grow

You can utilize a pre-emergent herbicide to stop weeds before they begin to germinate. Crabgrass and other pesky weeds will be stopped from sprouting in your lawn. This is best utilized early spring before it’s too late.

Caution: When using these kinds of products, you should follow the directions for proper safety precautions, protective equipment, application procedures, appropriate clothing to wear, and more.


Get Rid of Broadleaf Weeds When They’ve Sprouted

Broadleaf weeds are obvious in your lawn, they’re big. This includes the yellow dandelions, white-flowering cover, and big-leaf plantain. To eliminate these, it’s best to put granular weed control products down if there’s a lot. If it’s only a few, you can simply remove them with your hands.

Best Practice: The granular weed control products require moisture to stick to the weed leaves. Therefore, it’s best to wait until there is a dewy morning to provide this moisture.


Keep Blade Sharp

Dull blades can tear the grass, which can give off a ragged edge, which equals a grayish brown looking lawn. You should replace or sharpen the blades at least once a mowing season when it’s wearing from usage. Of course, how often you must sharpen or replace your blade depends on how often you mow.


Mow Often and Not Too Low

Mowing your lawn short can seem like you’re being proactive and saving time, but that’s false. This can damage grass and make room for weeds to set root. Healthier grass will occur if you don’t mow it as low. A good rule of thumb is; never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blade.


Water Grass in Early Mornings

Watering your lawn in the morning is ideal because it allows the sun to help in drying the grass throughout the day. Watering at nighttime opens the door for some diseases because of prolonged moisture on the blades. When we talk about watering the lawn, we mean that you truly need to soak the lawn, as opposed to just wetting it, so that the soil moisture goes down several inches.

Good to Know: To know if you’re watering enough, try the soup test. You do this by placing an empty can next to your sprinklers. When there is approximately an ½ inch of water, you can turn off the sprinklers.


Train Your Dog

Dogs are amazing pets to have, but there’s no doubt that they can cause issues. Having a dog that spends any amount of time in your yard is bound to cause damage. You will know that the damage has been done when you see yellow and dead spots in your lawn. This is because dog urine has nitrogen in it. A gravel or mulch area is one possible solution to this issue. This way, your dog can handle business without messing up the entire yard. Of course, you must train your dog to do this.


While there are many more tactics one can use to maintain a beautiful lawn, these steps are a good way to get started. If you enjoyed this article, visit our blog page to read more articles with good insights.


About the author:

Jeff Oetting, President of Bob Oetting & Associates has been helping families plan for their futures for the past 23 years. Jeff holds an MBA from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working with his clients to help develop insurance strategies tailored to individuals and families, Jeff is also an instructor in the College of Business at Eastern Illinois University. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Risk Manager.

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