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Creating An Inviting Yard

I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

3 Lawn Maintenance Tips To Maintain A Healthy-Looking Yard Year-Round

by Addison Washington

When you drive through a neighborhood and see those lush, green, smooth lawns that are just simply perfect, you probably wonder why you can't seem to get yours to look like that. Sure, you are no landscape expert, but it gets plenty of sun and water. Well, here are a few more lawn maintenance things that you can do to help make your lawn look great:

1. Mow So You're Giving Your Grass a Haircut

Mowing probably seems like one of the simplest tasks when taking care of your yard; however, it is one of those tasks that seems to be messed up the most often. Many people tend to mow their lawns too short. When they do this, it causes stress on the grass, which, in turn, results in the the grass struggling to survive. While you don't want foot-tall grass, taller grass is actually beneficial. So, when mowing, raise your mower blade to the highest notch and mow your yard on a regular basis. This will help promote root development, provide shade to the ground to minimize drought, and block the sun to minimize the germination of weed seeds. 

2. Only Mow When the Grass is Dry

Ultimately, the best time to mow your lawn is when the grass is dry. While you can mow when the grass is wet, you won't have a pretty lawn and your mower, well, it isn't pretty. Your mower deck will become filled and clogged with wet grass. The wet grass also clumps together and falls out onto the yawn, and it creates an uneven cut. Those clumps that fall out onto the lawn, you'll want to remove those, as they can kill areas of the lawn. If you do mow when the grass is wet, try to avoid mowing if the soil is soggy. Otherwise, you may create wheel ruts and tear up your lawn. 

3. Mow in Different Directions 

Each time you mow you should switch directions. So, if you mowed toward the road last time, you should mow opposite the road this time. If you mow the exact same direction every time that you mow, you are risking the compaction of your soil and are essentially forming ruts in your yard. Both of these can lead to the unhealthy grass. Plus, one thing that can thrive in compacted soil that you don't want in your yard is weeds, so it is very important to change up your mowing patterns. 

For more tips on how to maintain a healthy-looking lawn or to have an expert to take care of your yard, contact a landscape professional in your local area.