Helpful Home Lawn Tips


  1. Consistency is good in a lot of things is good, but don?t try and rely on mowing the same day each week. Rain, drought and fertilizer treatments will govern the day you should mow.  Not you!

  1. How about those dog urine spots in your lawn.  Basically, that brown area of grass is due to a high concentration of a liquid fertilizer in one little spot.  We started to give our dog a little bit of tomato sauce with his food.  This increased his water intake which diluted the urine and our spots greatly decreased.  Before you start making your dog Italian dishes, check with your veterinarian!  

  1. If you irrigate/water your home lawn, try to do so early in the morning.  Pending the time of year and location you also want to stay away from watering at night during those humid times of the year or you may be looking at a fungus problem. Water deeply, not frequently. On the other hand, if it?s a new lawn you may need to water the seed frequently for the first month.

  1. Mowing your grass with a sharp mower blade helps keep the turf healthy.  As a rule of thumb never cut more than a third of the blade when planning your mowing week.

  1. It’s also insect time of the year.  Dig into your soil and perform several inspections to determine who is living down there.  Insect damage can be the cause of discoloration and weak areas of turf.  If you find something and don?t know what it is,  the internet is a good place to look as well as your local county agricultural extension office?  Every county has one and they are free in most states.

  1. Check your thatch layer each spring. , sometimes your lawn looks weird because its ´hydrophobic, ´ meaning heavy thatch is blocking water movement. This condition also prevents your fertilizers and pesticides from the roots. Generally speaking, a thatch layer greater than 1/4 inch can cause problems.  Rent a de-thacher and thin out your turf . Don?t go crazy!  We are just removing the thatch.  Prepare for a long day of work and a lot of trash bags because you will need to pick up all the debris.

  1. If you?re planning on planting seed this time of year be aware of the daily temps in your area. Plant your bluegrass seed now…. not during the summer.  You will get better germination.

  1. If you live in the south and have that wonderful St. Augustine or


    type turf grass for your lawn you are really starting to get busy.  Soil temperatures for growing plugs or sprigs of this type of turf should be around 57 degrees before they really start to take off. 

  1. Fertilize with a complete type fertilizer.  If you really want to fertilize properly take a soil sample of your lawn to your local extension office or university and have them provide an analysis.  Other fertilizer companies like lesco or Scotts also offer these programs.  If you don?t want to spend the 25 bucks for the report try to establish an annual fertilizer program using a balanced fertilizer  Ferts are broken up into ratios like 4-1-2 or 3-1-2 to give those little grass blades a well balanced meal! 

    1. The first number is Nitrogen. This really makes the leaf grow
    2. The second is phosphorous. This one helps the stem and rhizome development
    3. And the last is potassium.  This one helps the root growth and makes the plan stronger.

Good luck and if you need more info send me an email.  murrayc@  If I can?t help you out?.I will find someone that can!

Normally about this time each year your home lawn starts to "perk up".  If it isn?t, you might be missing something.  Many people have specific lawn care maintenance programs that they stick with year after year.  Establishing consistency is really important, but before you can establish consistency you have to have your yard in a ?maintainable? condition.

Here are some basic tips to help you build towards developign that beautiful lawn.


Mr. Cook:

I am a long-time fan of Major League Baseball. I present to you Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) – a yard safety super hero. About a year ago, I had a lawn mower accident that resulted in the partial amputation of my left foot. Consequently, I have been an advocate and promoter of yard safety, with the goal to prevent these outdoor power equipment accidents from happening to other people. Furthermore, I have been a renaissance yardman, utilizing various art forms to communicate my safety message. I have approached Major League Baseball about the possibility of dedicating one day of the MLB season as Yard Safety Awareness Day. Each, there are about 400,000 individuals who experience lawn mower and garden-tool-related accidents, often times resulting in severe and life-altering outcomes. Since baseball is America’s pastime and often played on natural turf, I ask for any assistance that you may provide to facilitate this humanitarian idea. Please visit the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) website at for additional information. Thank you for your BLOG. Best wishes!

Richard Mudrinich

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man


Sorry to hear about the loss of your foot. I will pass your comment onto some other people within MLB and the turf industry to see if there is interest in your proposal. Thanks again for your comments and I will be back to you soon



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