Getting started on your yard

You may be one of those folks you would like to have a better yard and lawn, but don’t really know where to start. Let me start out by saying that now is the time. This is the time of year to get going since weeds are still young, and you have the growing season in front of you for what you do plant.

The first step is probably to try to start with a somewhat clean slate. We are not going to get rid of all of your lawn, but try to get rid of the bad stuff.

Get yourself some good weed and feed fertilizer combo. I prefer the granulated version. You do not have to buy a big, more expensive rolling spreader. You can buy a hand-held version if you like. Follow the directions as best you can. Often times they will tell you to water very well and deeply the day before you apply the combo. This is because they don’t want you to water for at least 2-3 days after the application.

Try to spread the combo evenly. Keep it away from broadleaf plants that you want to keep. Do not apply on a windy day as it may cause it to fall where you don’t want it to, and it may not fall where you do. I also try to keep people and pets off the lawn during that 2-3 day period before watering.

As for watering, at this point of the year it is usually best to water just once a day if not even a little less than that. Make sure you water for a lengthy period of time. This is often going to be about 15 to 30 minutes. This will encourage your root system to go deeper for their water. This will protect your lawn when the hot days of summer appear.

Don’t mow your grass too short. About 2 to 3″ of length should be about right. If you cut it too short it will weaken the grass as far as heat and stress.

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