The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and the neighborhood watch committee is keeping an eye on your lawn. Don’t be the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. Check out these 5 lawn care tips you need to know to keep the grass greener on your side of the fence.

1. Mow Every Week

Mow your lawn at least once a week but avoid cutting it too short. Your lawn is susceptible to damage from high temperatures, so adjust your lawn mower height to allow the grass to grow longer. Keep mower blades sharp for the best cut, and make sure not to mow the same pattern every week. Switch it up to avoid compacting the soil and creating ruts.

2. Keep Your Lawn Hydrated

Your lawn needs an average of 1-1.5” of water a week. For best results, water in the early morning so the sun can dry your lawn. Watering at nighttime results in prolonged moisture on grass blades, possibly exposing your lawn to disease. If it rains, wait a day to cut the grass. Mowing a wet lawn leads to clogs in the mower deck and an uneven cut. Use watering equipment like hoses, sprinklers, and hose nozzles for an evenly distributed watering process..

3. Tackle The Weeds

Prevention is the key. Mowing high allows roots to grow deep and shades weeds to limit growth. If you need a little extra help, apply a weed killer product with a sprayer. Use a small pressure sprayer for spot treatment or a 1 to 2-gallon tank sprayer for weed patches.

4. Clean Up After Your Pets

Encourage your dog to use the bathroom in a specific area to help prevent damage to the whole lawn. If he’s not getting the hint, make sure to hose down his favorite potty areas to prevent urine spots on the lawn.

5. Use Handheld Power Tools

Handheld power tools, like trimmers and edgers, help keep all of your edges and pathways neat and tidy. Trim before you mow for less cleanup, letting the mower chop up your trimmings to reduce the need for raking. Add a final touch by clearing away any residual grass or dirt with a leaf blower.

Now you’re all set and ready to maintain the best-looking lawn in the neighborhood! Find everything you need for your lawn and garden care at Sears Hometown Store. Click here to find a store near you.