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Is your lawn in need of CPR? It wouldn’t surprise me if so. Warmer weather, while fun for the entire family, can be especially harsh on your lawn. Less rain coupled with the sun beating down on it all day long can cause it to dry out and turn brittle which in turn, makes it look horrible. It also makes your lawn grow extremely fast. Learning how to care for and manage an overgrown lawn can help you make sure that your home shows a healthy and well-manicured yard.
Ensure proper watering – Keeping your lawn healthy will help to ensure that it doesn’t become overgrown. To do that, you’ll want to make sure that it is properly watered. Whether you do that with a sprinkler system on a timer or your backyard water hose is your choice.
Water at the correct time – Before you water, make sure that you’re doing so at the correct time of day. Watering in the morning or evening is generally best. When you water in the afternoon, you’re watering during the hottest part of the day. This can have the opposite effect on your lawn. You can cause it to burn rather than helping it be healthy.
Clean any trash – If you’re dealing with an overgrown lawn, the chances are good that there is at least a few pieces of trash or debris floating around in there that you can’t easily see. Even a simple piece of paper can cause your lawn to look bad if a lawn mower gets ahold of it. Go through the yard with a fine tooth comb and make certain there isn’t anything that the mower will “eat” or that could damage your mower.
Mow slowly – When you go to mow an overgrown lawn, make sure that you mow slowly. Even if you checked thoroughly for trash and debris, you may have missed something. In addition to that, high grass is incredibly hard on a mower so if you move too quickly, you can cause your mower blades to get caught or your mower motor to stall out.
Collect mowing scraps – One mistake that a lot of people make is leaving the grass clippings lie on the ground. Doing this makes it so that the lawn underneath can’t receive the sun, water or air that they need to be healthy. To prevent that, make sure that you’re collecting the clippings as you mow or that you rake them up afterwards.
Edge properly – Edging your lawn properly will do two things. First, it will look much cleaner and a lot more professional. This is especially important if you have a HOA that manages things in your neighborhood or are trying to sell or lease your home. Secondly, it will help keep things under control from the outside in. You won’t have to deal with weeds growing in from the outside causing the rest of your lawn to become “under attack” from them.
Manage weeds – Once you have your lawn cut back and a bit more under control, make sure that you are managing the weeds that will grow. You can either use a commercial weed killer or make a homemade weed killer, but make sure that you do treat them. Allowing them to grow will only cause your lawn to quickly become overgrown again.
Mow often – Finally, make sure that you are mowing and edging often. Your lawn will only become overgrown when it is neglected. By making sure that you are mowing, edging and watering properly and on a regular basis, you will keep it looking amazing and healthy every day.