The first tip to Maintaining an Established Lawn is 1. Water occasionally but deeply. Deep roots keep your lawn healthy and lush.
2. Let your lawn grow dormant (optional) Many grass species survive hot, dry summers by going dormant.
3. Mow at the highest setting on your mower. Cutting grass to a tall height (around 3 1⁄2 to 4 inches (8.9 to 10.2 cm)) is important for lawn health, especially during summer heat.
4. Choose a fertilizer. The three numbers on the fertilizer bag tell you the percentage of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, in that order. Nitrogen is the most important for your lawn and should be higher than the other two (a 3:1:2 ratio is ideal). Avoid numbers higher than 10, since these can easily burn your lawn.
5. Fertilize your lawn. A drop spreader works best for small lawns. A broadcast (rotary) spreader saves time when fertilizing large lawns. If you want the perfect lawn, you may fertilize three or four times per growing season.
6. Aerate your yard in fall or spring. Annual de-thatching and aeration is very important for the health of your lawn. • Aerate while the soil is on the dry side, but just wet enough to allow the tines to penetrate.
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