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Angie's List: Summer Lawn Care

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Even though your annoying neighbor does, it can be hard to find the time and energy to maintain a perfectly manicured lawn.

But don't get discouraged.

In today's Angie's List report, three simple tips to a healthy summer lawn.

Lawn experts tell us there are three easy things you can do to keep your grass looking great. Don't over water, don't cut it too short and use the right fertilizer.

"If you're going to cut the grass real short, from a distance you're not going to see as much leaf blade so you're not going to get as much color. The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going come down to the soil and dry out the soil more," says Dave Fuss, who owns a lawn care company.

Don't go crazy with watering, but don't slack off either.

A general rule is to water an inch per week during the active growing season -- and adjust as needed.

Also, fertilizer is important for healthy, lush growth, but if you apply it incorrectly, you can quickly turn your lawn from green to brown.

"We use dry slow-release products all year-long because we want to slow feed the turf. The granules fall to the base and goes directly to root system whereas when you spray liquid fertilizer you're going to coat the leaf blades of the grass, then if you mow you're going to mow that off," says Dave.

"When hiring a professional to help you with your lawn remember it's a process. It's not something that happens overnight. A red flag is a provider that tells you they can fix it overnight," says Angie Hicks, founder.

Also you will want to keep a sharp mower blade for a nice, clean cut.

That means you'll need to sharpen the blade about three times a year - in the spring, summer and fall.

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