Answer: Healthy lawns are the result of ongoing care based on the results of soil tests combined with proper mowing procedures as well as selecting appropriate varieties of grass seed. You are right that there are reams of advice available and it's hard to know where to start. You might wish to consult with a straightforward reference such as "Lawn Care for Dummies" by Lance Walheim ISBN 0-7645-5077-2 which outlines the basic considerations as well as ongoing routines. You might also wish to perform the basic soil tests to begin figuring out what you need to add and how much (or how little) -- your County Extension (265-5051) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results.
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