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Basic Lawn Care and Maintenance Tips

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A beautiful lawn starts with preparation and selecting the right grass. Proper lawn maintenance keeps your grass growing and looking its best.

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Cool-Season and Warm-Season Grasses

Your location determines the types of grasses that will work best. The area in the middle of the country is the transition zone. Mixtures of cool- and warm-season grasses are often necessary there, but cool-season varieties are the most successful.

Map of Cool-Season Grasses, Transitional Grasses and Warm-Season Grasses.


Popular cool-season grasses:

  • Bluegrass
  • Perennial ryegrass
  • Tall fescue
  • Fine fescue


Popular warm-season grasses:

  • Bahia
  • Common Bermuda
  • Hybrid Bermuda
  • Centipede
  • Zoysia


Whichever region you live in, these guides and maintenance tips for grass, soil, fertilizing and mowing will help you become an expert in lawn care.

When to Seed and Fertilize Cool-Season Lawns

Cool-season grasses do best in the northern parts of the United States, where winter temperatures drop below freezing.

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When to Seed and Fertilize Warm-Season Lawns

Warm-season grasses grow best in the southern regions of the United States, thriving on hot summers and mild winters.

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Test and Improve Your Soil

Learn how to test your soil for pH and basic nutrients so you can add whatever is needed to make your lawn and garden flourish.

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Choose the Right Grass for Your Lawn

Find the best grass type for your region based on soil, sun and climate.

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Seed Your Lawn: How and When to Plant Grass Seed

Everything you need to know about planting and growing grass, including getting started, grass types, steps to planting, problems and watering techniques.

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Fertilize Your Lawn

A lush, inviting lawn is the goal of many homeowners, but your lawn needs help from you to look its best.

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Lawn Mowing Tips: How to Mow Your Lawn Correctly

Find everything you need to know about lawn mowing. Learn how to mow a lawn, when to mow, get mower performance tips, grass heights and more.

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8 Easy Tips for the Perfect Lawn

Find simple advice for establishing a soft, green lawn.

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Repair Bare Spots in Your Lawn

Bare spots are unsightly and may indicate bigger problems. Repairing a bare spot is a simple job you can do yourself.

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