Keeping your lawn full and green during dry summer months can be a challenge. If you find yourself green with envy over your neighbor’s lawn, try these lawncare tips and give your yard some much needed TLC.

1) Aerate your soil.

Foot traffic, mowing, and settling soil can make the earth beneath your grass compact over time. Compacted soil makes it hard for grass to absorb nutrients, reduces air circulation, and doesn’t allow water to drain. Aerating your lawn breaks up clumped soil and leads to brighter grass.

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2) Water longer but less often.

Watering daily for a few minutes at a time is one of the most common lawncare mistakes. If your sprinklers are constantly turning on and off, try watering for 20 to 30 minutes twice a week instead of daily. This allows the water to penetrate deeper into the soil, so the grass can absorb water over time. It also keeps as much water from evaporating.

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3) Feed your lawn.

Natural fertilizer can keep your lawn green and bright during every season, but it’s essential in summer months when soil gets dry. A spray fertilizer can also make it easier to cover your entire lawn evenly. Experiment with different fertilizers depending on your climate and type of grass to find the option that works best for you.

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4) Keep lawnmower blades sharp.

The way you cut your grass can change the color of your grass. Keeping your lawn trimmed to the recommended height for the type of grass you have will keep your yard healthy. You should also keep lawnmower blades sharp to keep cuts clean and grass healthy.

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