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  • Writer's pictureClay Murray

How green is your thumb?

Long, warm summer days can keep you outside into the evening for hours. Some of those hours can be spent doing yard maintenance keeping a healthy yard. Some folks know exactly what their yard routinely needs to make it stand out above the rest of the neighborhood. Some folks work night and day just to keep their from looking like someone poured gasoline all over it and lit a match. Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, we hope these tips will help you maintain a healthy looking yard:

Grasses – Know your grasses. There are 2 types – 1. Cool Season and 2. Warm Season.

Mowing – short is not always the best way to mow it. Keep the blades on a higher setting as possible which will give your grass the benefits of healthy and productive. Taller grass is more drought-tolerant. Weeds flourish closer to the ground, while grass needs a little more length to thrive.

Grass Clippings – Did you know that grass clippings are good for your yard? When your mower shreds the grass clippings it is also supplying the soil with the nutrients that it needs.

Fertilization – There are two times a year that you should fertilize. First, should be the beginning of Spring and then again at the end of the Fall season. There are tons and tons of different types and brands of fertilizer. Do your research or ask your local plant/grass store for advice for the type of grass that is in your area that will best benefit your yard. Be sure not to over fertilize.

Seeding – if you see a spot in your yard that is not growing property – purchase a seed (that matches the type of grass your yard currently has). Distribute in the bare spots.

Weeds, Weeds, Weeds – we all hate those pesky weeds! There are so many products on the market for weeds that you will need to research and ask a local professional which product will work best for your yard. Don’t forget if you have pets to ensure that your products are pet safe!

Insects and Diseases – when yards are dormant for the summer and non-water stress can cause insect infestations. It can also cause a fungal disease. Be on the lookout for the problems that can cause your yard distress. If you see any signs of insects or diseases, your local yard professional can advise you on the type and brand of products best for your yard.

Watering – Nothing can survive without water and that includes a healthy yard. Keep your yard on a watering schedule that best works with your local weather. Yards needs about 1 inch of water a week. Early mornings are the best hours to water so that the soil can absorb the moisture before the sun and heat dries it up. There is always a risk of overwatering, so make sure you don’t forget to turn off the spigot!

Lastly, if you have pets – make sure you clean after them!

Working in your yard and taking care of it is a great way to spend a little productive time outdoors. It’s also a perfect excuse to put the phone down and enjoy some fresh air! Plus, we all know pulling a few weeds can be a pretty good stress-reliever. With a little time, patience, and persistence, your yard will be a welcoming sight as you return home each day.

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