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Tips for Garden and Yard Care 2

Following up on the previous post, let's delve into lawn care.

In truth, most Koreans I know are city dwellers who harbor a longing for American homes with lush green lawns. I was one of them. So, when I first bought a house with a green lawn, I tried to mow it like a baseball field, creating patterns and putting a lot of effort into making the surroundings look beautiful.

However, as those who have tried it would know, maintaining a lawn as green as those on TV is not as easy as it seems. It's not just about watering and mowing. To cut to the chase, I found myself hiring people to take care of it because it was too much work. Honestly, that's the easiest and most effective way to manage it.

But for those who feel it's a bit of a waste of money and have confidence in their abilities, I'm writing this post. Among those reading this, there are likely experts who know more than I do. I believe their comments below could be even more helpful to readers.

The first thing to know about lawn care is timing.

Again, lawn care isn't just about watering and mowing. Throughout the year, different levels of care are needed for the lawn according to each season.

If you search for keywords like "Lawncare calendar" on Google or similar search engines, you'll find several images like the one below. You can refer to one that's easy to understand.

Let's go through them one by one.

Mowing: As you can see, areas like Chicago and other northern regions start mowing around April. The crucial thing about mowing is how short you cut the grass. The shorter you cut it, the more frequently you have to mow, making it more labor-intensive. Also, shorter grass is more prone to diseases and allows weeds like dandelions to settle in easily between the short grass. Typically, a healthy grass length is around 2 to 3 inches.

Watering: Watering the lawn should be done from the thaw of spring to late autumn. However, during rainy seasons, you can skip watering. The reason for watering the lawn heavily during summer is to maintain its green color. If the grass doesn't have enough water, the tips will turn yellow. You need to water more than you might think. It should be so much that you might worry, "Won't the grass die if I water it this much?" Especially in summer, it's best to water in the early morning. If you water when the sun is starting to heat up, the temperature of the water on the grass can rise, which is not good for the grass. According to experts, if there's less than 1 inch of rainfall in a week, you must water the lawn.

In the next post, we'll continue exploring lawn care.

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