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The Lawn Bible

The Lawn Bible: How to Keep It Green, Groomed, and Growing Every Season of the Year

by David R. Mellor
  Everyone wants a green lawn, but how do you actually get one? Bags of fertilizer? Weed killer? Sod? What about mowing? Everyone knows how to, but do you really know when to? Fenway Park's master groundskeeper David Mellor does. He's been caring for some of the nicest lawns around for years. In The Lawn Bible, Mellor offers you everything you need to know about lawn care for your part of the country, including planting, mowing, feeding, and troubleshooting, as well as tips, illustrations, and anecdotes.
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'How to' for Lawns - Mowing

This article is brought to you by Brad Slade.

How often you mow your lawn will depend on a number of factors. Firstly how much time you have to devote to your lawn’s maintenance. How fast your lawn grows, and this in turn will depend on whether you fertilise it regularly and whether it receives adequate water and sunlight. Normally, lawns should be mowed at least one a fortnight to keep them in check, so to speak.

One of the worst things you can do for a lawn and a big misconception is that you can or should mow your lawn very short in order to reduce the number of times you have to mow it. Grass generally will do much better when mowed at a higher setting. This is especially the case in the summer months, where short grass can often be burnt by the sun otherwise. It is suggested that you should never be cutting or trimming off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass in a mowing session. If you have let your lawn go and it is far too long, it is recommended that you firstly mow it at a longer cut and then remow it at a slightly lower setting. If it is still too long, then you can go over it again in a couple of days time. Although this is time consuming it is the preferred method for caring for your lawn. Needless to say like having your hair cut, you should maintain your equipment. In this case make sure your mower blades are sharp and in good condition. Remove any stone or other obstructions from the lawn before mowing to avoid any damage to the mower or lawn.

Other recommendations for mowing a perfect lawn:

* Do mow in different directions, it does not matter which way - whether it is diagonal, horizontal, or vertically each time you mow your lawn. This prevents the grass blades from curving in a particular direction after numerous cuts.

* It is well known that you should never mow when your lawn is still wet. The reason for this, however, is not so well known. There are actually two reasons for this. Firstly, you will not be cutting your lawn evenly and when it dries may be a lot longer than expected. Secondly, you can often cause fungus to establish itself.

* For the lawn bowl look of a flatten smooth lawn larger lawn rollers can be purchased. To use these you simply roll them over your lawn after mowing in nice even and straight rows.

HCOA is a directory of information on mowers, tractors, fertilizers, grass and outdoor appliances. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.hcoa.com.au

Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard

Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard

by Nick Christians, Ashton Ritchie,
  Comprehensive guide on lawn-care activities published by the world's leading lawn authority. Explains better ways to mow, weed, fertilize, troubleshoot, and treat for pests. Includes information on buying or renting lawn-care equipment and other products.
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Perfect Lawn

What the "Experts" May Not Tell You About(TM)...Growing the Perfect Lawn

by Tom Ogren
Combinations are the building blocks of the garden, and they are arranged around garden spaces. It is important to have spaces for outdoor activities, such as patios and small lawns. What makes the garden nurturing is to wrap these areas in a blanket of trees, shrubs and perennials.
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