We define a perfect lawn as one that is green all year long, needs fertilizing only once a year in the fall, hardly ever needs watering except during drought, has no weeds, no insects, and no disease, takes minimum time to maintain, and looks better than any other lawn in the neighborhood. Sound like a fantasy? Not at all. Such a lawn can be had in three to five years if you follow the advice in this section of Yardener's Helper.
The four key steps are:
1. Raise the lawnmower height to 2 1/2 inches in the spring and fall and 3 inches in the summer. Click here for info on mowing properly.
2. Overseed the lawn once or twice this year, and then every three to four years thereafter. Click here for info on overseeding.
3. Add organic material to the soil under the turf by mulching at least once a year from now on. Click here to get info on mulching the lawn.
4. Use only slow release nitrogen fertilizer on the lawn; never the quick release nitrogen fertilizers.
Of course there are other techniques and tips throughout this section that can help you have a better lawn while taking the least amount of time to care for it. Check it out.