Lawn Maintenance

How to Maintain Your Established Lawn

Once you  have a yard that you love, proper lawn maintenance is the next step toward backyard bliss.

On this page I’ve collected some of my favorite guides and articles that will provide information and inspiration to help you care for and maintain your lawn with the lowest possible amount of effort and expense. 

The good news is a healthy lawn will maintain itself with minimal time and resources from you. Spread a pre-emergent in the spring, provide enough water and nutrients, and mow at the proper height and you’re good to go.

For me, proper lawn care starts every spring with a lab-based soil test. This gives you the benchmark of where your soil stands, what it needs, and what it doesn’t to thrive for the growing season. It’s the best investment you can make each year in your lawn.

I use and recommend the MySoil test kit. It’s high-quality, easy to use, and gives you a slick online dashboard where you can view your results and recommendations.

The test will explain deficiencies and imbalances in your lawn’s soil and your results explain the exact fertilizer ratio and soil amendments you need to use for your lawn to thrive.

You can buy it directly from the manufacturer, or you can purchase it on Amazon.

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Explore the articles below to learn more about the steps you can take to maintain a healthy lawn to enjoy for years to come.

Important Skills to Maintain Your Lawn

Best practices, tips, and tricks to level up your lawn maintenance skills and help your lawn pop all year long!

Your Lawn's Irrigation Needs, Explained

Here you’ll find some basic information about how to effectively water your lawn. I recommend using a rain gauge or an app to determine how much natural irrigation mother nature is providing to your lawn each week before you turn on the sprinklers.

Most established lawns need about 1 inch of irrigation per week to maintain their health and color.

If there’s no rain in the forecast two 1/2″ deep waterings are better than light daily irrigation. Deep watering encourages deep root growth and a more resilient lawn.

Maintaining Your Mower

One of the key tools for maintaining your lawn is your mower. Maintaining it is critical to its performance, and 30 minutes of annual maintenance can probably save you a lot of time and money in expensive service charges. These articles are a great place to learn the ropes.

How to Change Oil in Lawnmower

How to Change Oil in Lawnmower

Not changing your lawnmower’s oil can result in poor performance from your mower, and it could even prevent your lawn mower from working all together. In this article I’ll list the tools you need, teach you the steps involved, and cover different types of mower engines so you’re ready to change your oil quickly and easily.

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What Readers Are Saying

Some recent reader comments on the blog

"This was really helpful. I just recently purchased a house with 6 acres and went back and forth. Do I purchase a riding lawn mower or a zero-turn? Your article helped me to decide on an Ariens 54″ zero-turn and I could not be happier."
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Iowa City, Iowa
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British Columbia, Canada
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Teresa
Inverness, Florida
"Awesome information. It’s working and the extra information about grass types and moisture levels for the ground really helps."
Joseph
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
"I got very good information on your site. I have one of the best looking lawns in my area. It started years ago when I began using Milorgonite. I enjoyed reading your lawn tips. Great info. Thanks!!!"
Rocky
Rochdale, Massachusetts
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Michael
Orange, California
"Thank you for sharing all the information in this article. It was exactly what I wanted to know so I can help my lawn continue to improve. ... The transformation has been very gratifying and, as a retired piano rebuilder, lawn care has become my main hobby. Thank you again for helping me make the most of my labor."
Andrew
Alabama
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Baltimore, Maryland
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