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Lawn Care Do’s and Don’ts for First Time Homeowners

Proper lawn maintenance can be daunting, especially for first time homeowners. However, ensuring your lawn always looks its best can be simple if you take the right steps and precautions. To help you keep your turf looking green and fresh, we’ve put together some lawn care do’s and don’ts! 

DO: Leave Grass Clippings 

By leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging them, you provide your grass with water and nutrients as the clippings decompose. This enables your lawn to grow back healthy and strong. Pro tip: aeration services will also maximize the overall health of your grass by increasing its intake of nutrients! Check out the benefits of our new liquid aeration service

DON’T: Overwater Your Lawn 

How much water your lawn needs will vary depending on the species. Generally, your lawn only needs one inch per week. Applying any more than that can cause damage to the roots and expose your lawn to fungal growth. Learn more about common lawn fungus on our FAQ page

DO: Mow Frequently 

Depending on the size of your lawn, this can become a time-consuming chore. However, maintaining your lawn is worth the effort once you see it thriving. Weekly mowing is the best practice to keep your lawn looking its best. Read more about proper mowing practices

DON’T: Cut Wet Grass 

Mowing your lawn while its wet is bad for the growth of your grass. This is because the water weighs the grass down. It may be tempting to mow in the morning during summer to avoid the heat but waiting until the afternoon to allow your grass to dry from early morning dew is best. 

DO: Remove Leaves and Reduce Foot Traffic  

Keep your lawn free from leaves as we move into the colder months to prevent snow mould. When snow falls and settles on top of leaves, mould is encouraged to grow and will become a problem in the spring. Also, reducing foot traffic will prevent stress on your weaker than usual winter lawn. Read our dedicated blog to find out more about taking care of your lawn for winter

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DON’T: Use Strong Chemicals or Pesticides  

Using synthetic fertilizer can be dangerous for both family pets and the environment. At Hometurf, we use the highest quality slow-release granular fertilizer available, which is manufactured specifically for our use! The slow-release fertilizer ensures your lawn always has the right amount of nutrients. 

By following these simple steps, your life as a first-time homeowner should be a lot easier!  If you want more information about lawn maintenance, get in contact with Hometurf Lawn Care at 1-888-791-8873 or get started with an instant online quote. For more information about our services, visit our FAQ page or for the best lawn care tips, read our other blog posts