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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Planting grass for a better looking yard

This summer has been especially hot and dry, not only in Southwestern Indiana, but throughout much of the United States.  Droughts have caused low crops for farmers, and taken their toll on landscaping and yards around the country.  Keeping your yard looking good through the summer can be a costly endeavor due to the need of plenty of watering.  In some areas, water shortages led to many people's inability to utilize lawn irrigation systems due to regulations on water usage.

Luckily, we are coming to the end of the summer season.  Temperatures are beginning to lower, and we have had more rain in the past few weeks.  In order to make sure your yard looks its best next year, its important to properly plant and fertilize new grass.  Many people are unaware of the best time of year to plant new grass seed to ensure a plush yard.  According to This Old House magazine's Roger Cook, a landscape contractor, early fall, just after the summer's heat, is the best time to plant grass seed.  Warm soil and moderate temperatures help reduce the need for watering, and weeds aren't as likely to grow at this time.  Proper fertilization is also key at this time, but planting near the end of August, and continuing to fertilize and feed through October should grow plush, hearty grass that will last through the winter.

Check out the full article for step by step instructions on the proper way to plant, and share with your friends and family!  Let me know your favorite tips and tricks for keeping your yard looking its best in the comments below. Follow my blog, friend me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter to keep up with everything I ever post!

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