The Q&A Archives: Ongoing Lawn Care

Question: We have a two acre lawn and it is two years old. We would like to know what proceedures to take on a month to month basis to weed, feed, lime and fertilize. We have had many sugestions and are now confused. Our neighbors have 10 year old lawns and look magnificent. What can we do to make our lawn look great also?

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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