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Lawn Maintenance 101

As spring becomes summer, rain showers scatter our weather forecasts, and thought turns to the outdoors. If your lawn is looking a little brown or dull, now is the time to bring some maintenance and attention so that you can enjoy a lush lawn all summer long. There are local nurseries around Charlotte teeming with knowledge. Don’t be afraid to pick their brain. Bring pictures of concern areas and give them details about the conditions your plants are living under. Stop by Pike Nurseries or Black Hawk Garden Center for help.

Soil Preparation – If your soil is lacking essential nutrients, then anything else you try to do will fail. If you’re unsure about the quality of your soil, there are professionals and do-it-yourself tests which will indicate if you need to add nutrients to your soil.

Fertilizer – Talk to your local nursery or garden professional to choose the right type of fertilizer. Every part of the country has different needs based on local soil and weather patterns; choosing the right formula for your area is critical to a healthy lawn.

Water – Understand your water program and adjust your sprinklers for the best results. Lawn care experts say that watering your lawn two times a week for a longer time (about an hour) is better for your lawn then watering every day for only 20 minutes. This allows the water to soak down deep into the roots.

Mowing – Mowing your lawn is an art form. Keep the blades sharp and never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. When your grass is cut TOO short, it will burn up from the sun. There are many of us that do not enjoy mowing, but when it’s not done, it can be very stressful to come home. Try and find a perfect Lawn Care playlist on Spotify or Pandora to help make this task more enjoyable. There are so many podcasts out there, this could be the perfect time to delve into one.

Sod and Seed – If you need to fill in a few bare spots, adding a couple patches of sod is a good method. If your entire lawn could use some help, it might be time to reseed.

Summer is upon us when you and your family want to get out into the yard. Prepare your lawn now for an entire season of beauty with a little care. Do you have any favorite plants, tips, advice, or a nursery you enjoy visiting?

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