A beautiful lawn starts with preparation and selecting the right grass. Proper lawn and yard maintenance keeps your grass growing and looking its best.

Cool-Season and Warm-Season Grasses

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Your location determines the types of grasses that will work best. The area in the middle of the country is the transition zone. Mixtures of cool- and warm-season grasses are often necessary there, but cool-season varieties are the most successful.

Popular Cool-Season Grasses

  • Bluegrass
  • Perennial ryegrass
  • Tall fescue
  • Fine fescue

Popular Warm-Season Grasses

  • Bahia
  • Common Bermuda
  • Hybrid Bermuda
  • Centipede
  • Zoysia

Whichever region you live in, these guides and maintenance tips for grass, soil, fertilizing, and mowing will help you become an expert in lawn care and yard maintenance.

When to Seed and Fertilize Cool-Season Lawns

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Cool-season grasses do best in the northern parts of the United States, where winter temperatures drop below freezing.

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When to Seed and Fertilize Warm-Season Lawns

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Warm-season grasses grow best in the southern regions of the United States, thriving on hot summers and mild winters.

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Test and Improve Your Soil

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Learn how to test your soil for pH and basic nutrients. Once you know what kind of soil you’re working with, you can amend the soil so your lawn and garden flourish.

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Choose the Right Grass for Your Lawn

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Success with your lawn depends on many things. Not the least among them is growing the proper type of grass for your region based on soil, sun and climate.

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Seed Your Lawn: How and When to Plant Grass Seed

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Learn about planting and growing grass, including getting started, grass types, steps to planting, problems and watering techniques.

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Fertilize Your Lawn

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A lush, inviting lawn is the goal of many homeowners, but your lawn needs help from you to look its best.

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Lawn Mowing Tips: How to Mow Your Lawn Correctly

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Find everything you need to know about lawn mowing, including how and when to mow a lawn. You’ll also get tips on mower performance, grass height and more.

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8 Easy Tips for the Perfect Lawn

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A soft, green lawn is a wonderful thing, and it doesn’t have to be out of reach. Here’s some simple advice for establishing terrific turf.

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Repair Bare Spots in Your Lawn

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Bare spots are unsightly and may indicate bigger problems. Unless repaired, they may continue to grow. Repairing a bare spot is a simple job you can do yourself.

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