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Cheap and Easy DIY Landscaping Ideas

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If you’re looking for some do-it-yourself landscaping ideas for your home, take a look at some of the videos below.  Some offer actual tips while others offer a handful of photos to get your brain percolating a little.

How to Properly Mow Your Lawn

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Let’s start with the most basic of landscaping needs – a well-maintained and mowed lawn.  There are only a few things you need to keep in mind to have a wonderfully manicured lawn.

Contrary to popular belief, you want to mow your lawn on a higher mow setting.  If you cut the top third of the grass and allow the clippings to decompose, they will return nutrients into the soil.  Mowing at a higher setting allows to grass roots to grow stronger and develop deeper which in turn allows for a cleaner and better looking lawn while keeping the weeds at bay.

If your lawn is overgrown, you want to mow at a higher setting and return a few days later with a lower cut.Two times you want to try to avoid mowing are during the heat of the day and when the grass is wet.  The former can damage the grass while the latter can damage your mower and leave clumps of grass rather than dispersing the clippings.  While mowing, you want to mow in different directions and patterns.  You want to change it up so the the soil can remain loose thereby keeping the lawn more healthy.

When turning the lawn mower, you want to do your best to avoid sharp turns.  Use your driveway, the road, or any other hard surface when available to turn the mower.  You can damage the crowns of the grass by scalping it with the hard turns.

It’s important to keep your mower blades sharp.  Every four to six weeks, you should sharpen the blades, as sharp blades make cleaner cuts.  It also does not hurt to have an extra set of blades on hand if you notice that your blades are harming your lawn and you want to continue mowing.

There are several fertilizers and other growth and helpful formulas you can add to your lawn.  If you have added any of these, stray from mowing for at least twenty-four hours.

Lastly, as winter approaches, your final mow for the season should be short as your lawn is heading in to a “hibernation” for the season.