Lawn Care.. - Knowledgebase Question

hamden, Co
Question by acouncil6
March 14, 2010
Im a recent home owner in hamden, ct with a very large lawn (havnt measured it yet). Im a rookie to lawn care but i would like a nice lawn..but dont know what type of seed to get...so many seed types. the yard is ok but needs help. where do i start..please help a new home owner..


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Answer from NGA
March 14, 2010

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Good lawn care can be summarized in three cultural practices: mowing, watering and fertilizing. If you will do these three properly, your lawn will be the best on the block! Frequent mowing is better than infrequent mowing. Mow on a 5-7 day schedule, removing no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade with each mowing. While many homeowners like to water 15 minutes a day, your turf will benefit from a good soaking applied less often. Apply 1/2 to 1 inch of water once or twice a week. A coffee can makes a good rain gauge to test out how long it will need to be run to apply an inch. Frequent wetting promotes disease problems and a shallow rooted turf. Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings and the grass will develop a deep root system and do much better. Fertilize with no more than 1/2 to 1 pound of nitrogen in spring after you have mowed the grass twice, again in June, another feeding in September and again in late November. Apply a product with a 3-1-2 ratio of nutrients as this is roughly the ratio of nutrients grass takes in. So, for example, if you purchased a 15-5-10 fertilizer (15% nitrogen), you would apply about 7 pounds per 1000 square feet (1 pound / .15 = about 7). If you purchased a 21-7-14 fertilizer (21 % nitrogen), you would apply about 5 pounds per 1000 square feet (1 pound / .21 = about 5). Healthy turf will choke out most of its weed problems. When the turf is thin and soil is exposed to the sunlight, weeds will sprout and you have a battle on your hands. So first concentrate on the above 3 cultural practices and you will be amazed at the results. Common turfgrasses in your area include Kentucky Bluegrass, fine-leaved fescue, perennial ryegrass and the turf-type tall fescue. If you match the blades of your existing lawn to photos of the different grasses (you can usually do this by comparing them to the photos on the seed package rack in your local Home Depot), the new lawn will blend in with the current lawn. Best wishes with your new landscape!

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