Newly-seeded grass needs three to four weeks to get established after germination before you should mow it for the first time. The grass blades are tender and easily damaged and the foot and mower traffic could compact the soil, especially if the soil is moist. Mow when the new grass is 3/4 inch to 1 inch taller than its recommended regular mowing height.

I am trying to discourage cats from leaving “gifts” on my front lawn. Coffee grounds seemed to work, but I need more grounds that we generate daily. I got too aggressive and tried straight vinegar which worked great to discourage the cats, but has killed the beautiful green that we had growing. It has interesting designs where I have used the vinegar. How do I get rid of both the designs and the cat visits?


Beware, there are a few reasons why you should bag the grass clippings. First of all, if you have weeds you don’t want them to spread and re-germinate on your lawn. Secondly, some believe that leaving the grass clippings on the lawn can cause a thatch build-up. Lastly, some believe the grass clippings attract vermin. I personally do not agree with the second and third points. I believe this is a natural way to fertilize your lawn without spending a lot of money. In today’s economy, who doesn’t want to save money?
Very informative article I’m sure that many do-it-yourselfers have gained alot of knowledge from visiting your site. I like that you’ve mentioned about the soil testing that you can have done or do yourself, I’ve found that to be extremely helpful with my lawn care clients that I service. AffordaLawn is the name of my Lawn Service, we service customers in both Missouri and Kansas and doing a soil test along with the first service for new clients have made us alot of happy customers later in the year. Many tell us they’ve never seen their lawns look so good. Kinda makes it easy though when you know what their lawns in need of.
Twenty-some years ago, fresh out of college with a horticulture degree in-hand, I started teaching adult education classes at a local botanic garden. For many years, I taught a class called Preparing Your Garden for the Winter. It was all about how to clean up the garden every fall. I would show slides (remember those?) of how well-kept gardens should look in January. In the images, every plant was cut to the nub, except for the ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes, and the whole garden was snug under a thick layer of mushroom soil mulch. The roses were neatly trimmed to two feet and wrapped in a blanket of burlap, folded and stapled closed to keep them protected from freezing winds. There was nary a fallen leaf in sight; everything was raked up and hauled off. 

We use third party data sources to conduct a criminal search, in the state in which the owner/principal of the company is located, for any relevant criminal activity associated with the owner/principal of the business, within the three years prior to such service professional's application for membership in the HomeAdvisor network. HomeAdvisor's third-party vendor uses a national criminal database ("NCD") to screen our service professionals. The comprehensiveness of the NCD varies by state. Please be aware that the reporting in the NCD is particularly limited in the following states: AL, CO, DE, GA, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MI, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, SD, UT, VA, VT, and WY.


Your lawn plays a crucial role in the exterior beauty of your home, so its maintenance is imperative. Hiring a professional to care for your grass will help avoid patches, browning and pests or diseases. On average, homeowners spend about $134 on lawn services although that varies based on the types of treatments a lawn needs. Here are some cost considerations when you're looking at services.
JERRY and Claude just seen this post. If you want to get rid of creeping charlie, clover, sticker bushes, dandelions I highly recommend Lesco Momentum FX. Its used in a hose sprayer or spot sprayer. Don’t use when planting new seed or when extremely hot out. Day or 2 after mowing is ideal. Follow instructions on bottle. I battled creeping charlie for years till I found this stuff. Went from 80% creeping charlie to about 1% ( still comes under my wooden fence from my neighbors house) .
The best time to water your lawn is the morning to avoid evaporation or wind. Usually grass needs at least one inch of moisture a week. A good tip to lawn watering is following drought restrictions. They can be hard on the environment and your grass, leading to damage. You can also prevent runoff water by monitoring your yard for puddles. Sprinkler systems are an easy, effective method for keeping your lawn green. The top four sprinkler types are portable, stationary, rotary and oscillating. Portable and stationary sprinkler systems are good for specific areas. Rotary and oscillating sprinklers are better for medium to large lawns. Consult with a professional to determine if one type or a mix of two works best for your lawn.
Hi Cathy! I myself was having same problem as you are. Just bought my home in February and when spring came I noticed my lawn was brown and dead in places but it is improving as green sprouts are coming in. To answer your question have a soil test done. I did and it showed me what my soil lacked and what fertilizer i needed to apply. You can find out your self if your grass is diseased by insects by grabbing your grass near the soil if it pulls out with no problem this is an indication of insect disease to your grass. You can get a soil test kit at lowes or home depot. it will let you know what your soil needs to green up your lawn. Some people just by any fertilizer but you need to be careful if you dont know what your lawn soil is lacking you could burn your lawn with applying the wrong fertilizer.

Hi Cathy! I myself was having same problem as you are. Just bought my home in February and when spring came I noticed my lawn was brown and dead in places but it is improving as green sprouts are coming in. To answer your question have a soil test done. I did and it showed me what my soil lacked and what fertilizer i needed to apply. You can find out your self if your grass is diseased by insects by grabbing your grass near the soil if it pulls out with no problem this is an indication of insect disease to your grass. You can get a soil test kit at lowes or home depot. it will let you know what your soil needs to green up your lawn. Some people just by any fertilizer but you need to be careful if you dont know what your lawn soil is lacking you could burn your lawn with applying the wrong fertilizer.
Some Service Professionals are employees, franchisees, dealers, or independent contractors ("Corporate SP's") of larger national or corporate accounts ("Corporate Accounts"). In such event, you may be matched with the Corporate Account entity or with one of their Corporate SP's. The above screening criteria is not applicable to Corporate Accounts, and therefore, HomeAdvisor does not screen the Corporate Accounts or Corporate SP's.
×