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Posted on April 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 1 at 2:51 PM

3 Spring Lawn Care Tips

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A healthy lawn doesn’t just look good, but it also can increase your home’s value by up to 14 percent.

 

Angie’s List says smart choices now will help your lawn stand up better through the rest of the year.

 

Angie’s List, the nation’s premier provider of consumer reviews, asked its highly rated lawn care and landscaping companies for healthy lawn advice.

 

Identify your lawn:

There are two types of grasses: Warm-season and cool-season grasses and each requires specific treatments on specific schedules.

 

3 Tips to Spring Lawn Care:

  • Clean up the yard: If you still have leaves or debris in your yard, remove as soon as possible. Leaves left on the yard prevent it from receiving the sunlight it needs. Rake up thatch as well because thatch can block nutrients from reaching grass roots.
  • Seed, weed, and feed: If you have any bare spots on your lawn, now is a good time for seed. Spring is also an ideal time to apply pre-emergent herbicides, which are used to prevent crabgrass and other annual weeds from germinating. Your lawn may also benefit from fertilizer at this time. If you are unsure about the health of your lawn, take a plug of your lawn to your local nursery to learn what your lawn really needs.
  • Service your lawnmower: Regular maintenance on your lawnmower can help avoid ill-timed breakdowns and extend its lifecycle. A service appointment should include an oil change, sparkplugs, air filter, carburetor, cables, belts, and inspection/sharpening of the blade – dull mower blades will splinter your grass, causing it to wilt.

 

Hospitals and emergency rooms nationwide treat nearly 250,000 people each year who tangle with lawn mowers. Yard clean-up and mulching are lawn care jobs that many homeowners can handle, but when it comes to servicing the lawn mower or using chemicals, those jobs are best handled by a professional.

 

Angie’s List tips to find the right lawn care company:

·         Check with Angie’s List to see what your neighbors have to say about the lawn care contractors in your area.

·         Make sure the lawn care company meets state and local certifications or licensing requirements if warranted.

·         The federal government requires those who apply certain chemicals to control weeds, insects or diseases to be certified pesticide applicators. If they can’t provide documentation, find another company.

·         Beware of any company or product that promises a quick cure. Remember your lawn is a growing plant. If it is weak and damaged it will take longer to recover

·         Membership or certification by industry groups, such as state’s landscape or nursery association, demonstrates participation in professional development programs.

·         Any changes to the contract or plant list should be in writing with copies of any amendments signed by all parties.

·         Good lawn care companies will offer tips and suggestions about caring for and maintaining the plants.

·         Manage your expectations. Be aware that jobs may be delayed because of weather or a lack of supplies. Check that contingencies are included in the written contract.

 

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