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Lawn Care Tips for Greater Curb Appeal

Wednesday, October 17 2012 7:22 AM

These days, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing some lawn and garden or home repair show host talking about the value of creating and maintaining good curb appeal for your house – even if you’re not planning to sell the home anytime soon! There are a lot of great home and garden shows on TV – with a number of hosts who really know their stuff – but there are only a few tips for building and maintaining good curb appeal that the average homeowner needs to keep in mind from year to year. And it all starts with your lawn!

For those who don’t know, curb appeal is the visual attractiveness of the home and garden as seen from the street. Obviously, the curb is where your lawn and property begins, so that’s where they get the name. Years ago, most people who talked about curb appeal were typically in the home buying or real estate business. If you were selling your house years ago, your real estate agent probably mentioned something about generating curb appeal as a way to stimulate interest from prospective buyers who might be passing by on a home tour. These days, the term has become part of our everyday language – thanks to the TV shows. This is a good thing, due to the fact that lawn and garden experts know that curb appeal starts with the grass in front of your house and a nice, thick lawn is something that can take years to cultivate and develop.

If you’re wanting to paint a picture of your home and garden as an appealing landscape for buyers or neighbors or even yourself, you should try to think of your lawn as the canvas. The lawn is the most basic element of your property. A dried-out, weed-infested, sickly lawn may give people the impression that you’re incapable of taking care of your property. They may also begin to imagine that the inside of the house is also in a state of great disrepair. A healthy, green lawn – one that really makes the neighbors envious – is something to be proud of. It tells people that you have pride in ownership. So how is it accomplished? Easy. Let’s begin with mowing.

First – Sharpen your blades. Even though it may appear that your mower blades are cutting, it doesn’t mean that they’re sharp. Dull mower blades thrash the tips of the grass blades and cause ragged cuts that invite browning and even disease. Sharpen your mower blades regularly. The MoJack line of lawn mower lifts, by the way, has been designed to lift nearly every mower type – making your blade removal and mower maintenance quick and easy.

Second – Cut at the right height. Few people know that blades of grass have roots below the soil that are as long as the blades are high. A healthy grass height is around three inches, so resist the urge to cut your lawn short in hopes that you can skip a mowing for a week or so. In addition, cutting your grass too short during the hot summer season may cause your lawn to wither and die.

Third – Alternate your path. Since the dawn of mechanized grass trimming, lawn experts have known that there is a great benefit to alternating your mowing patterns. If you only mow one direction, you are effectively “training” your grass to lay in one direction. Try alternating your mowing patterns to “stimulate” healthy grass growth in all directions.

Although there are a number of lawn care suggestions to be found on the TV or online, these three mowing tips are solid advice for any lawn, during any season, in any part of the country.

And since the mowing season is quickly coming to an end in most parts of the country, don’t forget that it’s also time to put up your mower or lawn tractor for the winter. Perform an end-of-season tune-up on your mower or lawn tractor to prepare it for storage over the winter.