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Late summer time to renovate lawn

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By Jeneen Wiche

I have a pretty relaxed attitude about the lawn. I don’t mind some weeds or letting some areas just grow. In fact, I would prefer to maintain as small a turf plot as possible, but with 18 acres that still translates into quite a bit of grass. 

Most Americans have high expectations when it comes to the lawn; my first piece of advice is to lower these. Second, find a reasonable balance between accepting a decent enough lawn, what’s reasonable in terms of its care and what kind of impact that care has on the environment.

Complaints about weeds top the list of lawn woes. We can avoid some of these problems simply by mowing the grass a bit taller.  2½ to 3 inches helps to keep weed seed from making contact with the soil.