MADISON (WKOW) -- It can be tough keeping up with the Joneses, especially if they have a perfect lawn. But don't get discouraged. Angie's List has three simple tips to a healthy lawn this summer.Angie Hicks with Angie's List says, "Don't over-water it. Don't cut it too short and use the right fertilizer." Trimming your grass as short as possible may seem like a good way to save time, but you're creating more work in the long-run. Dave Fuss owns a lawn care company. He says, "If you're going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you're not going to see as much leaf blade so you're not going to get as much color. The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going come down to the soil and dry out the soil more."
With watering, a general rule is to water an inch per week during the active growing season. But you should adjust throughout the year according to your needs. Fuss says, "If they have a sprinkler system where they turned on so their watering say 15 minutes every day, what happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off."
Fertilizer is important for healthy, lush growth, but if you apply it incorrectly, you can quickly turn your lawn from green to brown. "We use dry slow-release products all year-long because we want to slow feed the turf. The granules fall to the base and goes directly to root system whereas when you spray liquid fertilizer you're going to coat the leaf blades of the grass, then if you mow you're going to mow that off," says Fuss.
Hicks adds, "When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn remember it's a process. It's not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight."))
And if you're mowing your own lawn, don't forget to sharpen your mower blade about three times a year - in the spring, summer and fall.