Just about everyone wants a lawn he or she can love.
All it takes is some planning.
Lawn experts offer the following tips:
Water correctly. Accurate watering is the most significant aspect of caring for your lawn. Keep in mind that grass reacts to weather a lot like humans do — it needs more water when it’s hot and sunny, less when it’s cool or cloudy.
Water deeply, letting the water penetrate 6 to 8 inches, then allow the lawn to partially dry. Shallow watering leads to shallow roots and a drought-susceptible lawn.
Don’t forget to fertilize. A properly fed lawn allows all the grasses to thrive, keeping it green and healthy-looking. Slow-release fertilizer is less likely to burn the lawn and has a longer effect.
Know how to mow. You should cut cool-season grasses, such as fescues and Kentucky bluegrass, higher.
Warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda and zoysia, should be cut lower. If you cut too low, the roots will be too shallow and you’ll get more weeds and weak grass.
Battle the bugs. Some bugs can cause big headaches. Some of the most common kinds attack your lawn from the grass itself while many of the most damaging attack where you can’t see them — from the roots up.