Your Perfect Lawn: 6 Steps in the Right Direction

1) Stop scalping the lawn!

Cutting your lawn too short may save you more time between cuttings, but you can burn out the grass, leaving ugly brown spots on the lawn.  Rule of thumb: never reduce the height of your grass by more than 1/3 when mowing.  The grass uses its extra length to absorb the sun to grow into a healthy plant.

 

2) Recycle the clippings

Not only does this save time and energy (versus bagging), but leaving the clippings on the lawn after you mow adds vital nutrients back into the soil after it decomposes.  And, if you have the proper mowing height set, the clippings will quickly break down.

 

3) Sharpen your blades

Roughly once a season, make sure to sharpen your mower blades to get the smoothest cut.  Dull blades tear at the grass, rather than slice, leaving jagged brown lines across the tip of cut grass.  If you are unsure if your blades are sharp enough, just take a look for that brown line after a fresh cut.  For sharpening, take the blades to your local hardware store, lawn mower mechanic, or your local authorized Troy-Bilt dealer. 

 

4) Get out the sprinkler

Most grasses require 1" to 1.5" of water per week, which moistens the soil 4" to 6" below the surface.  Be careful not to over water beacuse flooding can cause major damage to your lawn.  And remember to water less often, more thoroughly for best results.

 

5) Invest in a well-balanced fertilizer

A well-balanced fertilizer is one small step to help thicken and brighten your lawn.  Unlike watering, fertilizing is recommended only four times per year, but it does wonders for your lawn.  If you are concerned about the safety of kids or pets with fertilizer on the grass, look for an organic or organic-based fertilizer that is completely free from potentially harmful insecticides and pesticides.  Kids and pets can play immediately after application.

 

6) Follow up with your lawn

Consistent, small maintenance is the best way to keep your lawn looking luscious. If you see a bare spot, throw some grass seed down to fill the spot. Spot treat for annoying weeds such as crab grass with a pre-emergent chemical or herbicide.  The good news is that most lawns don't need a major overhaul to look beautiful.