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A terrific turf

A soft, green lawn is a wonderful thing. Here’s some simple advice to having a terrific turf.

Prevent weeds before they come up

You can stop weeds from gaining a roothold in your lawn before they even germinate by using a pre-emergent herbicide.

Mow high and frequently

Mowing your lawn too short may seem like a time-saver, but this can damage your grass as well as allow weeds to set root. Keeping your lawn a bit taller results in healthier grass. The general rule of thumb is: Never cut off more than a third of the grass blade.

Set your mower as high as it will go–up to 3 inches–

Sharpen your mower blade

A dull blade tears the grass, resulting in a ragged edge that makes the overall lawn look grayish brown. Sharpen the mower blade when it shows signs of wear–or at least once a mowing season.

The size of your lawn and the frequency of mowing will dictate how often you should sharpen your blade. Take a look at a grass blade after mowing. If it is shredded or frayed, it’s time to sharpen up.

Water in the morning

The best time to water your lawn is the early morning because the sun will help dry the grass. Nighttime watering can result in prolonged moisture on the blades, which can open the door for some diseases. It’s better to water less often but for prolonged periods. Just wetting down the grass isn’t watering the grass. You need to soak the lawn so the soil moisture goes down several inches.

Are you watering enough?Try the soup can test. Set an empty can next to your lawn sprinkler. When there is about?inch of water in the can, it’s time to turn off the sprinkler.

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