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One of the most important aspects of curb appeal for a home is the lawn. It gives a certain aesthetic pleasure that most homeowners enjoy. However, they do require a fair bit of upkeep to keep healthy and green. From spring to fall the grass will require regular watering and trimming.

Water the lawn an hour or two before the sun comes up on an infrequent basis. Early morning watering allows the water to soak into the ground with minimal evaporation from the sun. However, as the sun does comes up it will evaporate whatever moisture is left. This helps to prevent mold and disease from developing on the surface.

In regards to frequency, it may seem counterintuitive to water only 2-3 times a week, but it helps promote deeper root growth when water is applied in larger quantities less frequently. Just make sure to apply about one inch of water a week (rain included). A sprinkler system makes watering easy since you can set the schedule automatically. Also, there should be a rain sensor to shut off the system to avoid over watering.

Trimming the grass is the other regular maintenance task required for lawns. Set the lawn mower height to about 3 inches. Higher grass will send down deeper roots. Also, try not to cut more than ? of the height of the grass each time. Use this mark to gauge the frequency of mowing. However, avoid mowing when the grass is wet because it can spread disease.

Bag the grass if your lawn mower has that option. If not, rake up grass, leaves, and sticks regularly. A blanket of debris on the lawn can smother grass.

Annual Lawn Maintenance Schedule

Aside from regular maintenance, there are seasonal preparations that can help promote healthy grass. It is important to know which type of grass you have and which zone you are in to determine the timing for each task. Use this tool to determine which zone you are located in. Zones seven or below are considered cool-season areas and zones above are considered warm-season areas.

Lawn Fertilizer

Feeding the lawn nutrients can help the grass grow. There are plenty of commercial products in stores, but try to limit these to no more than one time a year. Rain run off will bring the chemicals to lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. Consider natural composting. Spread small amounts of lawn clippings onto the yard, but be careful not to completely cover the grass. Too many clippings can smother the grass.

For cool-season areas, apply fertilizer at the beginning of fall when the temperature starts to drop. For warm-season areas, apply fertilizer at the end of spring when the temperatures start to go from cold to cool.

Weed Killer

As with the fertilizer, it is not good to overuse weed killer. A good healthy lawn should naturally choke out most weeds. Hand pick out the weeds that do get through.

If you want to apply a weed killer, use it during early fall for cool-season areas. For warm-season areas, apply the weed killer at the beginning of spring before weeds have time germinate.

Insect Control

Grubs and ants can create numerous problems for a lawn. Grubs will feed on the roots of grass, which leads to brown spots. Pull up grass in these areas and look for little white grub worms to confirm the problem. Ants are more readily apparent. They burrow and dig through a lawn and can bite human or pets passing by.

Use an environmentally friendly pesticide to control pests. The best time for use for any lawn is early summer. Make sure to get a product that is specific for the pest and read all labels and directions for application.

References: 1 - Wikihow

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