1. Ditch the mower bag. The cut grass sitting on your lawn serves as natural fertilizer.
2. Make sure your lawn looks good from the inside as well as the outside of your house.
3. Don't fill every inch of lawn with flowers and plants for it becomes a weeding nightmare.
4. Red mulch contains arsenic and may contaminate the soil underneath it.
5. In the fall, mow the leaves and let them sit on top of the grass; they act as deterrents to weeds.
6. If you want to know the nutrient content of your soil, dig down six or seven inches, fill two small cups and mail them to a local agricultural agency.
7. Plant clumps of the same species in odd numbers.
8. Don't place your planting beds too close to the house. Don't make them too narrow.
9. Weeds just grow on top of weed fabric.
10. Fertilizer contains 30% nitrogen, which is a high figure. Use time-releasing. water insoluble nitrogen fertilizer twice a year on your lawn.
Source: Reader's Digest (www.rd.com)
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