Celebrate Your Lawn
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Most of us don’t think of the lawn as part of the garden. I dare say that most of us prefer to keep them separate. However, lawns can be celebrated just as much as a garden. Where would the world be without turfgrass?
When I think of all the activities we do on turfgrass, I cringe to think what the world would be without it. Football, baseball, golf, croquet, soccer, cornhole and many other sports that are played outside are played on turfgrass. Then there is the romantic side of grass, like the stroll in the park, the picnic, and the roll down the hill. Okay, maybe the last one was a stretch.
A nicely maintained lawn can increase the value of a home, but that does take a little effort. April is usually a little early to start mowing the lawn in our area as it is usually starting to coming out of dormancy. This year however, lawns seem to have started coming back to life a little early, which means mowing may start a little earlier as well. While they have started growing, the lawn may not need fertilizer until late April or early May. Wait until the lawn has fully come out of dormancy before giving it that first shot of fertilizer.
When mowing does start remember to only remove about 1/3 of the total height of the grass with each mowing. An example would be, if the mower deck is set to mow at 1 inch, the lawn should never get any taller than about 1.5 inches before it gets mowed.