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Proper Irrigation Methods and Lawn Maintenance For a Beautiful Lawn 


No matter what region of the country in which a home owner may live,  the requirements of the lawn are the same. With summer temperatures just  around the corner it is important to make sure the lawn is healthy  enough to withstand longer stretches of heat and diminished watering.  Although proper lawn mowing seems like a no-brainer, a surprisingly  large number of home owners do not mow their lawn properly.


Hopefully, by the end of March, the spring round of fertilizing has  already been applied to the lawn and flower beds. If fertilizer has not  yet been administered in the northern states of the U.S., such as  Minnesota, these home owners may still be able to sneak in the spring  application. It is important to ensure the root system is sufficiently  healthy enough to withstand the hotter summers that the U.S. has  experienced in the past several years and will continue to sustain.


The heat is not necessarily the only factor affecting the durability of  the lawn. It does, however, pose a significant challenge due to watering  restrictions tightening throughout every locale. Along with  fertilizing, proper watering times and duration are very important.  Generally the best time to water a lawn is during the early morning  hours. Mornings are usually when there are fewer winds to carry the  water spray away from the grass.


There are two different times when it is normally not a good time to  irrigate a lawn. Watering later in the afternoon time periods will  usually violate some local ordinance or water restriction, not to  mention wasting the water which is intended for the lawn. The water is  wasted due to increased evaporation in the afternoon heat and sun and  not having sufficient time to soak down into the root system. The other  time it is almost always counter productive to water a lawn is in the  evening or nighttime hours. The reason for this is because, while the  heat of the day has passed, the cooler evening and overnight  temperatures can contribute to fungus growth when extra moist conditions  are present.


It is also very important, when watering the lawn, to water deeply for a  sufficient length of time. Longer watering time periods allow the water  to penetrate more deeply down into the soil and reach the roots.  Conversely, a shorter duration of watering will cause the lawn to form a shallow system which will contribute  a greater susceptibility  to disease and pests.


The other major concern for enabling the grass to withstand the hot  summer months is to ensure that the height adjustment of the lawnmower  is set to the proper level. Each region and climate of the country has  its own particular types of grasses which require a minimum height to  flourish. It can be tempting to the home owner to lower the height of  the cutting deck in hopes of having to experience the summer heat less  frequently. Never cut off more than one third of the total length of  grass at any one time. Doing so will protect the lower depths from the  heat.


Following the contours of the yard in order to avoid scalping the lawn,  will help to achieve a proper and consistent look. Making sure the blade  is sharp and the cutting deck free from debris, along with proper  watering and fertilizing, will almost certainly guarantee a beautiful  and healthy lawn of which the neighbors will be envious.