Asked on Jul 14, 2019

How do I get a really nice lawn?

BetsyLinda SikutAlexis @ Chemistry Cachet

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How do I get the most beautiful thick lawn when my neighbours refuse to cut it take care of their lawns?

3 answers
  • Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
    on Jul 14, 2019

    These are all of our tips for keeping lawn healthy all year. https://chemistrycachet.com/how-to-water-your-lawn-in-the-summer-heat/


    This is labeled fall lawn care, but some of these you can start on in the summer. Fall is actually a crucial time to get your lawn ready for spring: https://chemistrycachet.com/easy-fall-lawn-care-tips/

  • Linda Sikut
    on Jul 14, 2019

    Hi Cheryl,

    You can only do as much as you can. Use Alexis tips but also realize that weed seeds are going to drop on your lawn from your neighbors. Do the best you can but please don't let it overwhelm you. We "gave up" on the perfect lawn a long time ago since we live on a corner and have seeds flying on it from several directions. Feed the lawn, take care of it to the best of your knowledge and ability but - as the saying goes - "don't sweat the small stuff". :) Wishing you the best.

  • Betsy
    on Jul 15, 2019

    Hi Cheryl: Your neighbours lawn should have little to do with yours. I have the same thing in my neighbourhood. Most lawns are well manicured and there are some that look like a booger on a birthday cake. Just take care of yours. What you need is to put on the weed and feed, or a good fertilizer, according to directions, spring, summer and fall. I use Vigoro, and my neighbours use Scotts and one gets theirs from The Tractor Store. We all use the weed and feed in the spring and fall and fertilizer in the summer. Also, watering is important. Water deeply, about an inch or more a couple of times a week if it's really hot, otherwise, once a week is o.k.. Either early morning or later on in the afternoon, about 2 hours before sunset. If you water in the afternoon, the lawn will burn as water acts as a magnifying glass and the sun will burn the grass. Also, don't cut the lawn too short or the sun will burn the roots. You want your lawn to be at least 3 inches tall and don't cut more than necessary to keep it this long. If you can, mow in the evening so that the sun won't burn the cut edges, and make sure your lawnmower blade is sharp. They are easy to take off and take to the store to get it sharpened, or buy a new one. Before you take the blade off, make sure there is no gas in the mower (let it run until it stops) and lean it so that the oil spout is on the higher side. Otherwise, gas may drip into the oil. BE SURE YOU REMOVE THE SPARK PLUG AND PULL THE ROPE TO TRY TO START IT BEFORE DOING ANYTHING! There may be a bit of left over energy that will turn the blade. Or, you can just take the whole mower to the shop:) If you want to sharpen the blade yourself, you can, but it has to be balanced when you put it back on your mower. One side can't have more taken off than the other. To check this, get a pencil that's about the same width as the hole in the blade. Put the blade on the pencil and see if it leans to one side or the other. The low side needs more material taken off. When it balances, you're good to go. Put it back on your mower and tighten down. It's not all that difficult, but you must be very careful and remember to remove and replace the spark plug. Anyway, the answer to your question is to ignore your neighbour, fertilize, water and mow your lawn on a regular basis and you should be o.k. Gool luck

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