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Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you all have something fun planned even though it may not be a trip to the beach! The weather should be perfect for spending some time outside and maybe you'll want to give a little attention to your yard while you're out there. Here are some tips to achieve a good looking lawn for the summer!

Water = Green 

Water is one ingredient that your lawn cannot live without, so make sure that you’ve got a great routine in place for keeping the lawn damp. If you have a good sprinkler system installed, you’re already a step ahead of the game! If not, make sure that you’re reaching all areas of the lawn if watering by hand or by moveable sprinkler. Water in the evening or very early morning for best results, but don’t overdo it! 

Know how to mow

Make sure your lawn mower has sharp blades; mowing with dull blades can tear the grass, altering its healthy appearance. Also, the more often you mow, the healthier your grass will be! Mow the lawn at least once per week for optimal results. 

Fertilize and vitalize

Invest in a good fertilizer and use it regularly for the thickest, greenest grass. Ever wonder why the fairways and greens on a golf course manage to look beautiful throughout the year? Fertilizer is the key to the greens keeper’s success. For the greenest grass possible, purchase a fertilizer with iron content. 

Weed it out

Weeds are an obvious eyesore when it comes to the care of your lawn, and you’ve probably noticed how quickly they can grow. With a good fertilizer program in place, you’ll get a step ahead of weeds in no time. For the pesky, hardier plants, manage the growth with a little weed spray (or dig them out by hand for best results). 

Green is good

There’s no debating how refreshing a large patch of shade can be on a hot summer day…so why not invest in some shade of your own? Planting trees is an excellent way to ensure shade and add some curb appeal to your home. An added bonus is they can help keep your house cool in the warmer months. Already have some? Make the most of the spring foliage by relaxing beneath a large tree and sipping your favorite beverage!

Don’t get bugged

Lawn pests are not just annoying; they are bad for the grass. If you’re properly watering, fertilizing, and mowing your lawn, but still have an insect or pest problem, try aerating the lawn; this should help to eliminate the little buggers!