Lawn care tips from a specialist

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Show some love on your lawn now and see it bloom this summer! (Photo: Getty)

There are few things more satisfying than a green lawn. But what if all you see outside your window is an innocent landscape with spots of dry, brown grass? “Embrace coffee,” insists Bob Mann, a technical expert for the National Association of Landscape Professionals and one of the leading lawn care professionals.

“Your lawn has a built-in protection mechanism: lethargy. Reacts to lack of moisture and excessive heat by stopping growth. Unfortunately, this also means that it becomes brown for a while until things get cooler and wetter. In almost all cases, your lawn will wake up just fine. “

Of course, the lawn is going to require TLC to take full advantage of it this summer, so we asked Mann for an analysis of the steps you need to take right now to set it up for success. These three early summer lawn care tips and five basic products ensure that the lawn is greener (and fuller and healthier) on the hedge side throughout the season. Let the cooking begin!

1. Water intentionally.

“Do not make sudden moves this season! “If you water all the time, keep doing it – but make sure you water wisely and only when needed,” says Mann. “Likewise, if you do not water regularly, starting when it is very hot will not help you much.”

It also encourages you to water your lawn deeper and less often and vice versa. When watering less frequently, the roots respond by drilling deeper into the soil in search of water. When you water deeper, it gets into the soil and is less able to evaporate.

Especially in warmer weather, NALP recommends watering the lawn early in the morning or evening after sunset to minimize evaporation. Put the watering project on autopilot with the Rain Bird 32ETI In-Ground automatic spray system kit, one of the favorites of Amazon customers with a 55% discount right now! Fans say it is easy to install and customize. “All the hours I spent standing up watering an evergreen bermuda are long gone. HE LOVES THAT! ” wrote one.

2. Do not cut too much.

“As a general rule, taller is better,” says Mann. Back in the fall, the expert urged us not to “dig out” our grass and the same is true now. You may like careful shaving in the warmer months, but not your lawn. The very short cutting of the grass eliminates the edges of the blades, which carry out photosynthesis.

“Using the highest setting in your lawnmower will help keep the roots, keeping the soil surface cooler and less prone to weed growth,” Mann recommends.

Get a hardworking lawn mower that does the job right this summer. The 20-inch 3-in-1 Greenworks 12 Amp electric lawn mower is one of Amazon’s bestsellers, with more than 7,000 five-star reviews. And it sells for under $ 200, which is rare for a branded lawn mower with this kind of power.

“Very convenient and easy to handle for a 69-year-old woman with a semi-disability (5’5” height 168 lbs), “wrote one reviewer.

3. Avoid damage by weeds and insects.

“Scouting is the key to detecting pests, weeds and diseases in the summer,” says Mann. He recommends hiring a professional to treat and prevent chaos – “they know what to look for and how to repair the damage,” he notes.

But if you are determined to follow the DIY path, “be educated about the weeds, insects and diseases you face, so that you can choose the right product and the right technique for effective control.”

Top choice for weed control

Mann says the best way to repel weeds is to keep the lawn so thick that there is no room for it to grow. If you are in an extreme situation, here is your new secret weapon. And yes, it is on offer!

Top choice for insect control

When it comes to pests, Amazon shoppers love Wondercide EcoTreat Outdoor Pest Control Spray Concentrate. Right now, you can get a 16 ounce bottle with a 20% discount.

Top choice for disease control

Scotts DiseaseEx Fungicidal Lawn – Fast-acting fungus control, treats up to 5,000 square feet, 10 pounds.

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$ 19 $ 23 on Amazon

DiseaseEx takes care of the myriad of bio-invaders that threaten your lawn. Say goodbye to the fungus, the brown patch, the stem rust and stripes, the red thread, the mildew, the necrotic annular spot, the summer patch, the yellow patch and much more.

The ultimate Scotts DiseaseEx lawn fungicide is what you need. Get a 10 pound bag – enough to cover 5,000 square feet – for sale now.

The reviews above reflect the most recent releases at the time of publication.

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