Angie's List: Tips on keeping your grass green this summer

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Here are three simple tips to a healthy summer lawn.
LEWISTON, ID - Even if your neighbor does, not everyone has 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," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "Don't over water it.

"If they have a sprinkler system where they turned on so their watering say 15 minutes every day," said Lawn Care Company Owner, Dave Fuss. "What happens is when the sprinkler comes on your wetting the turf first, then it works its way down to the base, then when you start to get into watering the actual dirt, the system shuts off."

"Don't cut it too short," said Hicks.

"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," said Fuss. "The grass is going to be thinner so weeds can pop up a lot more and the sun is going to come down to the soil and dry out the soil more."

"And use the right fertilizer," said Hicks.

"We use dry slow-release products all year-long because we want to slow feed the turf," said Fuss. "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."

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

Highly-rated lawn care experts tell Angie's List you 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.