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Improving the Health of Your Lawn

Let’s face it: when you live in the suburbs, a healthy, well-kept lawn is a must.  Before anyone even steps into your house, it’s your front lawn that makes the first impression of your hom… Read more »

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Restoring a Tired Lawn

Restoring a tired lawn allows you to improve your lawn without removing the existing turf.  You will have the best chance of success if you do a thorough walk-through of your lawn checking bot… Read more »

What's Under Your Soil?
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Getting a Soil Test

To improve your soil, you need to understand what you have in order to apply the right soil amendments. The best way to test your soil is to send a sample to a Cooperative Extension Service (CSREERead more »

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Eight Steps to Restoring a Lawn

It takes work, but it is not impossible to give your lawn a facelift.  Follow these steps to help wake up a tired lawn: Step 1: Remove thatch and weed buildup.  The best time to dethatch is in the… Read more »

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Step 1. Remove Thatch and Weeds

The first step to lawn restoration is to remove any thatch buildup.  Thatch is un-decomposed stems and roots that accumulate near the soil surface.  Dig up a small, triangular-shaped plug… Read more »

Fill Depressions and Level Bumps
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Step 2. Fill Depressions and Level Bumps

Poor grading, uneven settling, or the decomposition of buried tree stumps, logs, or roots can cause depressions and bumps.  While you are dethatching your lawn, check for bumps and depress… Read more »

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Step 3. Adjust Your Soil’s pH

It is best to test your own soil, or obtain test results from a professional testing service, before applying any amendments. If your soil test shows that the soil pH is low, add lime according t… Read more »

Fertilizer Guidelines
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Step 4. Add Nutrients

Use a slow-release fertilizer, and avoid putting down more fertilizer than you need.  Adding too much nitrogen can cause rapid growth and a thinning of plant cell walls, which makes grass mo… Read more »

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Step 5. Increase Organic Matter and Microbes

Applying fertilizer will not help if your soil does not contain an adequate population of microbes; you need billions of these microscopic organisms per handful of soil.  Your soil must con… Read more »

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Step 6. Aerate Compacted Lawns

Aeration, also called core cultivation, is an important part of any lawn restoration program. Aeration allows grass roots to penetrate the soil deeply, helps fertilizer and organic matter… Read more »

Planting Your Lawn
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Step 7. Prepare the Surface and Overseed It

Before you begin, choose the seed that is best for your geographical area and buy the amount you need to cover the size of your lawn. You have several tool options for spreading seed evenly and at… Read more »

Take Care of Young Plants
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Step 8. Take Care of Young Plants

Your work to this point will be in vain if you do not care for the young grass plants as the seeds germinate and begin to grow.  The most critical need is to apply water at least twice a day, assumin… Read more »