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Tips from the Top

The Roger Bossard way to great grass

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1. Fertilize six times a year.
2. Apply grub control insecticide at
the end of April and in late July or early August.
3. Aerate the lawn once in the spring and again in the fall. It helps increase the percolation rate of water, allows the proper gas exchange and alleviates organic buildup from clippings.
4. Cut the grass every three or four days.
5. Never cut off more than one-third of your plant. Keep your lawn at one and three-quarters to two inches.
6. Bagging beats mulching for those who mow once or twice a week.
7. A typical rotary mower is fine, but sharpen the blade every season.

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