Grass maintenance for beginners

by Jacqui Zuzgo 12/18/2022

To have a healthy, beautiful lawn, it’s essential to learn the basics of grass maintenance. Lawn mowing is only one aspect of keeping grass healthy, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. With the right knowledge, you can find a lawn care routine that works for you and your home.

To help, here are some basic lawn care tips:

Test the soil

The more you know about your soil, the better prepared to care for your lawn you’ll be. Use a lawn test kit to find out essential information like pH and mineral content. It’s also helpful to take and maintain separate samples of problem spots, like bare patches or areas especially prone to weeds.

Choose the right grass

Choosing grass well-suited to your region will ensure a happy, healthy lawn and fewer issues for you to deal with. Know the differences between warm season grasses and cool season grasses, and take the layout of your yard into consideration as well.

For example, Kentucky bluegrass is ideal for shady gardens and cool climates, while Bermuda grass flourishes in hot, sunny climates.

Feed your lawn

A well-fed lawn is a healthy lawn. Providing your grass with regular doses of nutrient-rich, slow release fertilizer will ensure your lawn can resist weeds, pests and weather changes. Consider using organic matter from your compost pile for a low-cost alternative to synthetic fertilizers.

Water wisely

For a healthier lawn, water deeply but not too often. If you water too frequently in small amounts, your lawn will develop shallow roots and become more vulnerable to drought and pest damage. New grass seed needs plenty of water to flourish, but an established lawn only needs watering once a week during the growing season.

Whether you’re new to lawn care or just want to learn ways to improve your yard, these basic maintenance tips will help you achieve your goals.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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