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DIY Lawn Care

Posted by Stephanie Morgan on November 02, 2020 @ 9:00 am PST

A beautiful lawn that is lush and free of weeds can be the crowning achievement for any homeowner. Hiring a professional lawn care company is the easiest way to achieve these results but if you are a do it yourself type of person you will want to be responsible for the results. 

Like many do it yourself projects, DIY lawn care is not as easy as it seems. To get glowing results you will need to do more than simply mow once a week. 

We have put together a list of DIY lawn care tips that will help get you off on the right foot. 

Know Your Region

The most important part of DIY lawn care is to know your region. This basic knowledge will help guide you to the appropriate lawn care products. Not every type of grass will grow to its full potential in every area of the country. 

There are three general regions that you need to be aware of to get started. 

  • Cool Region
  • Warm Region
  • Transition Region

Each of these regions have certain grasses that will grow well. The transition region tends to be the most versatile. This is due to the fact that it is in the middle of the country so the weather is more varied. 

Once you know which region you are in and the grasses that will work the best, you can choose the grass you want for your yard and move on to our next step. The Experienced Gardner serves the warm and transition regions. If you need help with choosing the right care for your area, call The Experienced Gardner today. 

Have a Maintenance Schedule

Knowing your region not only helps you choose your grasses but it also helps you plan your maintenance schedule. Your region will determine what time of year you will need your pre-emergent to prevent problem grasses and weeds. As well as when to fertilize and lay post-emergent. 

Having a maintenance schedule that you stick to is imperative to the success of your DIY lawn care plan. 

Place Mulch Around Trees

Part of lawn care that some homeowners forget about is caring for the trees as well. One of the best ways to care for the trees is to place mulch around the base. This protects them from the lawn mower as well as weeds. This is especially true for young trees but gives older trees a cleaner look as well. 

Set Mower Blade to Appropriate Height

The last aspect of DIY lawn care that is essential for a lush, healthy yard is the mower blade height. This is a fairly common mistake that homeowners make when they take on lawn maintenance by themselves. If the mower blade is too low, which happens because homeowners want to avoid mowing as often, it will damage the grass. This could even kill the grass. 

The height of the grass will depend on the type of grass you have in your yard. Your local yard store can help you with this information. But as a general rule warm grasses should stay between 1-1 ½ inches while cold grasses should be around 2 inches. 

If you aren’t sure that DIY lawn care is for you call The Experienced Gardener to get a quote for your lawn care needs.