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Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some blogs from various members of our staff. Today you will be hearing from Mike Bennett. Mike has the unique perspective of having been a long time customer of LawnAmerica before joining our team over 2 years ago. Mike has had his Master Gardener Certification for over 10 years and has a certification in Lawn & Landscape Design from all the way back in the mid-90’s. Mike has also never met a stranger he didn't befriend and is a great asset to LawnAmerica and our customers!

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I tend to be a competitive person, especially when it comes to my yard. My love for my yard and having the best lawn on the block is something that can be traced back to my dad. He always wanted, and had, the best looking lawn of the neighborhood. Neighbors were always jealous of our lawn and it is a goal that continues at my house.

Nothing is quite as impressive as a perfectly manicured and striped lawn. This time of year, baseball fields, football fields, and golf courses are all showing-off their ability to create unique designs. I wanted to know how they did it so that I could duplicate it.

I learned that creating those stripes is not nearly as difficult as I thought, but it will require a small investment in a roller attachment. These rollers attach to the back of the mower and are filled with sand or water to add weight. The weight in the roller bends the grass blades down allowing the light to reflect differently creating the illusion of striping.

The key to success is to use long full length passes when mowing and making sure you are always going in a straight line. The type of grass and height of the grass will have an impact on how well your patterns turn out. With a little practice you will be able to not only stripe the lawn, but create checkerboard patterns or even more elaborate scenes.

While we are on the subject of mowing and making your lawn look its best, now is a good time to remind everyone that you need tostart letting your grass get a little taller as we head into the fall. Taller turf in the late summer has a shading effect that helps to keep the ground cooler, retain moisture better, and prevent some weeds from germinating.

Keeping the turf taller in the fall also allows those food reserves to remain in the root system, rather than trying to produce more top growth for the plant. These food reserves will help the plant over winter and allow it come out stronger and healthier the following spring. Taller turf in the fall and winter also have an insulating effect on the roots and crowns of the plants, helping to fend off damage from freezing temperatures.

Now I’m not saying it is okay to stop mowing, just that it is okay to start raising the mower deck over the next couple of mowings. If you pay someone to mow your lawn, make sure you talk to them about raising the mowing height. The last thing you want is for your lawn to be cut really short right before we cool off and see grasses start to go dormant. And as always, remember to never cut more than 1/3rd of the height of the turf with each mowing. Anything more than that will cause stress to the plant and which is the last thing you want when heading into the winter season.

For more information about your lawn or to have a professional care for it, call LawnAmerica today at (888) 250-2313!

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