1. Check Your Mower Length

While it may be tempting to cut your grass short to avoid mowing it as frequently, Kelly Lawn and Landscaping recommends leaving a little on the top. If your mower blades are too low to the ground, your grass can become stressed, which may not encourage a healthy appearance. Instead, raise your blades so you only mow the top third of the grass, which will help promote better roots and continued growth.

  1. Aerate To Give Grass Oxygen

Over time, your grass can become compacted — especially if your lawn spent a typical Alaskan winter under the weight of snow. Use an aerator to pull plugs from your soil so grass and other plants can access the oxygen they need to maintain proper health.

  1. Sharpen Your Blades

If you’ve been using your lawn mower since the spring, chances are you could be dulling your blades. A dull blade can tear the grass, which can open your lawn up to disease and pests. A sharp blade, however, will allow your grass to get a crisp shave every time.

  1. Change Your Mowing Pattern

Mowing in the same pattern can lead to compacted grass, which can stunt its growth and promote weed development. To help avoid these problems, change up your direction every time you mow.

  1. Water Strategically

It’s a common misconception that a healthy lawn needs to be watered consistently, but Kelly Lawn and Landscaping says too much water can actually lead to weeds, fungus, and decomposition. You should aim to get about 1 to 1.5 inches of water in your soil a week, and it should be able to reach deep so your roots can get water.

While do-it-yourself lawn care can be an inviting way to get outdoors and save money, it can also be time consuming. If you want to save yourself the hassle but need an affordable lawn care company in the Anchorage area, turn to the experts at Kelly Lawn and Landscaping.

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