Angie's list maintaining a lawn

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 12:14pm

Even though your annoying neighbor does it, it can be hard to find the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn.

But don't get discouraged, In todays Angie's' list report, three simple tips to a healthy summer lawn.

Angie Hicks: "Lawn experts tell us there are three easy things you can do to keep your grass looking great. don't over water it. Don't cut it too short and use the right fertilizer."

Trimming your grass as short as possible may seem like a good way to save time, but you're creating more work in the long run.

Dave Fuss/Lawn care company owner: "If you're going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you're not going to see as much leaf blade so you're not going to get as much color. The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going to come down to the soil and dry out the soil more."

Don't go crazy with watering, but don't slack off either.

A general rule is to water an inch per week during the active growing season.

but you should adjust it throughout the year to operate according to your needs.

Dave Fuss: "If the sprinkler system where they turned on so their watering say 15 minutes every day, what happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off."

fertilizer is important for healthy, lush growth, but if you apply it incorrectly, you can quickly turn your lawn from green to brown.

Angie Hicks: "When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn remember it's a process. It's not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight."

Highly rated lawn care experts tell Angie's list you want to keep a sharp mower blade for a nice, clean cut.

That means you'll need to sharpen the blade about three times a year, in spring, summer and fall.

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