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Published on April 8th, 2014 | by Jeff Linderman


Seven steps to a perfect lawn

1.       Strategize before you fertilize.

One of the most common mistakes in lawn care is using a fertilizer that’s not designed for your lawn. Pick up a soil test kit at a home improvement store and then consult with a professional at a local garden center about what fertilizer formula is best for your lawn type and specific yard conditions. For example, in addition to ultra-important nitrogen, your lawn may need a phosphorous or potassium supplement. In some regions, however, these nutrients occur naturally at sufficient levels. Take the time to study fertilizer options.

Related info: Seven killer lawn fertilizer mistakes

2.       Water once weekly.

Despite what’s commonly advised, most lawns should not be watered multiple times per week. Frequent watering for short periods causes lawn root systems to stay close to the surface and more susceptible to disease. Instead, lawns should be watered one day per week for a lengthier period to allow for deeper saturation.

3.       Don’t cut your lawn too short.

Cut no more than one third of your lawn’s grass blade length in a single mowing. Because grass grows through photosynthesis, taller grass blades mean healthier root systems. Shorter blades are unable to obtain the energy needed. Though you may be tempted to give your lawn a buzz cut to skip a mowing, you’ll ultimately negatively impact the health and vibrancy of your lawn.

4.       Fix problems asap.

Study your lawn regularly. Stop weed growth at the first signs. Repair damage. Reseed. Know disease and pest patterns and take action immediately if you spot these on your lawn.Engine tune-up kit

5.       Take good care of your outdoor power equipment.

  • Tune up small engines to reduce emissions, improve efficiency and performance. Tune-up kits, packed with the essentials for particular models, make it easy. has all tune-up kits on sale through May 31, 2014. Enter your lawn mower or other small engine model number on our Great Spring Tune-up Kit Sale page to find the kit recommended for your model.
  • Always have sharp lawn mower blades in place, as dull blades tear, rather than cut grass, which results in a yellow hue over the top of lawns.
  • Use the string trimmer line that the pros use – star-shaped and other non-round shaped string line – for cleaner cutting.


6.       Remove thatch and debris and then aerate.

Thatch is a mix of dead grass and other debris that forms a layer over your lawn. Fortunately, a simple rake will remove thatch.  Recycle grass clippings (unless the clippings include crabgrass and weeds). Fertilizer and other lawn care efforts will be ineffective where thatch is present; be sure to remove thatch and other debris before seasonal lawn care.

7.       Don’t skimp on the finishing touches.

Use an edger and other handheld outdoor power equipment to give your yard a professionally-manicured appearance.


Related info

Eight simple ways to earn a healthy lawn
7 simple ways to make lawn mowers run like new
Lawn mower maintenance tips
Lawn mower repair help


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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.

2 Responses to Seven steps to a perfect lawn

  1. Tyler Slade says:

    Lawn care need to be done perfectly and properly.Watering should be done in the proper amount and that much only that being needed we can say that.These are among the seven steps that need to be considered for a perfect lawn.

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