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Monday, July 19, 2021

Four Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Riding Lawn Mower

When you own a home, lawn care can eat up a surprising amount of time. If you want to spend less time working on your yard and more time enjoying it, these convenient tips can help. For more lawn-health recommendations, visit us at West Central Equipment in Pennsylvania, serving all of Pennsylvania.

1. Maintain Your Lawn Mower

Whether you use a riding mower or a push model, blade maintenance is one of the easiest ways to improve the health of your yard. A sharp blade slices neatly through the grass, leaving it looking crisp and beautiful. When your mower blade starts to get dull, you might notice that the lawn looks faded and dry. That's because the blunt edge is tearing and damaging the grass. The solution? Sharpen and balance the blade on a regular basis.

2. Use Different Grass Heights in Different Seasons

During the summer, a 2 or 3-inch mower-blade height is a great way to create a thick, lush lawn. For the health of the grass, mow only when it's one-third taller than your chosen height. If you like a 2-inch lawn, for example, mow when the grass reaches 3 inches. Before you cut the grass for the first time in the spring and the last time in the fall, take a few extra minutes to drop the blade to 1.5 inches. When the blade sits lower to the ground, it can cut away dead material in preparation for the change of seasons.

3. Water Your Lawn Strategically

Keep your grass in top shape by watering less frequently but for longer periods of time. Give the grass a good soaking once every 3-7 days (more in hotter climates, less in cooler weather). Your goal is to give the lawn about 1 inch of water every time; place a small plastic container in the yard and stop when it's about 1 inch full. This strategy allows the water to penetrate farther into the earth, so the grass can form deep root systems. When moisture evaporates from the top layers of soil, these deep roots keep your grass looking fresh and green. It's time to water again when the top 2-3 inches of soil dry out. Avoid mold and evaporation by turning on the sprinklers early in the morning.

4. Aerate the Lawn

Aeration loosens the soil under your grass, allowing water and air to get to the roots more efficiently. Aim to aerate once every year when the grass is actively growing. That way, your grass has a chance to fill in the holes created by the aerator.

With these simple tips, it's easy and less time-consuming to create a lush, healthy lawn. To find the right tools for your yard size and type, call us at West Central Equipment or stop by our location in Pennsylvania; we serve the entire state of Pennsylvania.

5. Not Following Scheduled Maintenance

Regular maintenance not only helps in keeping your pieces of equipment in good working order but also in adding life to them. So, to make your tractor last a long time, you’ll need to change the oil and oil filters, use fresh fuel, check fluid levels, and grease the parts that need to be lubricated. Keeping up with your maintenance schedule will help you avoid trouble at your farm or job site and prevent expensive visits to the service department.

We hope these tips help you avoid the common mistakes that many new owners make. If you have any questions or want to upgrade your machine, visit West Central Equipment to look at our extensive inventory of tractors for sale. If you let us know your requirements, we can suggest tractors and farm implements that’ll help boost your productivity and output. We serve all of Pennsylvania, so stop by today.

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