The Q&A Archives: A nice big lawn

Question: Is it possible to keep a nice lawn that is about 1/4 to 1/2 an acre without a lawn service.

Answer: Healthy lawns are the result of ongoing care, but it's not so daunting a task that a homeowner with a good lawnmower can't achieve. For best performance, your lawn should be irrigated and fed regularly, and mowed as often as necessary to keep the grass blades 1 1/2" to 2" in length. Water deeply (one-inch per week) by applying water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Fertilize 4 times a year (April, June, September and late November or early December) with a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Check the fertilizer labels for amounts to use. Scout for weeds and remove them when they appear. A lush, healthy lawn will crowd out most weeds and shade the soil enough to keep weed seeds from germinating. If you find a few weeds, you can spot treat to eliminate them. Enjoy your lawn!

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