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More Than Grass: A Lesson in Lawn Care

Summer Bulletin Board

Perhaps without even realizing it, so many of the memories we make with friends and family are made in the backyard. From Fourth of July picnics and Easter egg hunts to summer horseshoe games and autumn bonfires, our lawns act as an extension of our homes. Get your lawn ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!

For a picturesque lawn, check out the tips below!

Patchy lawn? Sparse grass? It doesn’t have to be that way! Patch and repair kits are available to fill in your lawn’s weak spots. Look for products with:

High-performance seeds
Lawn food
Super-absorbent growing material

These features work together to help your seeds grow deep and strong roots and not dry out. To begin, remove debris from the area you are reseeding, or over-seeding, loosen soil— then apply seeds and water.

Once you’ve patched your lawn here are a few more things to keep in mind:

Feed regularly: Proper and consistent care will result in a lush and green lawn. Feed your lawn every 6 to 8 weeks during the growing season with a lawn fertilizer. Your lawn will also be better equipped to handle weeds.

Water as needed: The majority of lawns grow well by rain alone. During dry periods water when conditions start to become dry: 20-30 minutes per event, 3 times per week will often do the trick.

Kill weeds and pests: Keep bugs and weeds away from your lawn—it can be unpleasant for you and your family and make your lawn unsightly. Make sure to read directions for weed and pest management products to ensure you are using correctly.

Mow high: All plants need sunlight. When grass is mowed higher, it shades weeds from the sun and prevents unwanted growth.

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