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The Grass is Always Greener….

It’s common knowledge that sun, water and soil are the required ingredients for a healthy lawn. However, there is a lot more to it than just putting those 3 together and expecting lush green grass. With summer right around the corner, here are some techniques and best practices to ensure your lawn is as green and full as it can be:

Sun light is a requirement for grass to sustain enough energy to grow. However, too much sun can damage grass leaving your lawn covered in yellow patches of burnt and dried out grass. If this is happening to your lawn, you will need to make sure you begin watering your lawn consistently, and over time it will regain tis health.

However, in places like Portland sun may not be your biggest concern.

Shade is also very important for a healthy yard, just not too much of it. If your yard has an area that is shaded all of the time, you might notice the grass in this area is thin and not at healthy and full as the rest of your grass that receives both sun and shade at various times of the day. You may want to consider doing some landscaping in this area such as planting some shrubbery or stepping stones.

If your lawn has a sprinkler system, you should set it to water twice a day on a consistent schedule. For example, water your lawn early morning as the sun is just coming up, and again right as the sun is setting. Adjust this schedule as needed; if there is a rain storm turn it off until the following day, if there is a drought increase the watering time, etc.

Soil holds a lot of responsibility in regards to the health of your lawn. The biggest problem with soil is if it becomes too compact. If your soil is compact, water will not absorb and your lawn will not be getting the water it needs to survive. The best way to solve this is to aerate your lawn. There are several tools that can help you do this, from electric aeration tools, hand held aeration tools, even aeration shoes!

Wishing you all healthy and happy lawns this summer!


Lacey Smith

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