Six helpful tips to a healthier lawn

Apr 12, 2018, 11:55 AM by Fred Speer

Your lawn and yard can provide a breath of fresh air for you and your family – literally. That’s why making sure your home has a healthy lawn this spring and summer is important to the Clark Man.

According to Project EverGreen, a healthy 2,500 sq. ft. lawn absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe. Lawns also are nature’s air conditioners: A lush green lawn can be as much as 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil.

The Clark Man knows that nothing beats a lush, green yard to play in or hang out with friends, and we offer a complete set of services to protect your lawn, shrubs, and trees from destructive pests, weeds, and disease.

To make sure that your lawn and yard are at their best, we recommend the following spring lawn care tips:

  1. Rake up leaves, matted grass, and sticks that have accumulated over the winter. Raking your yard can also help keep the thatch level in your lawn at a desirable half-inch or less.
  2. Start training your lawn in the spring by only watering two days a week (the Clark Man reminds homeowners to always follow their municipality’s watering guidelines). Infrequent watering promotes the growth of a deep, healthy root system that is better equipped to survive drought and heat stress.
  3. Raise the cutting height of your mower to two-and-a-half to three inches. Raising the cutting height will allow turf to grow longer and thicker, which can prevent invasive weeds and insects from taking root and ruining your lawn.
  4. Make sure sprinkler heads on your irrigation system are working properly, that there are no leaks, or broken pipes or sprinkler heads, and that timers are set accordingly. A leaky sprinkler head can waste water, and too much moisture in the turf can lead to disease.
  5. When you do water, do so early in the morning. Water will evaporate if you water midday or afternoon, and evening watering can promote disease.
  6. For trees and shrubs, the Clark Man recommends that you do a deep watering once or twice a week a week for 15 minutes. You can also apply mulch – two to four inches – around the base of trees and shrubs to retain water.

If you have question on how to get your lawn, shrubs, and trees in shape this spring and ready for summer, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or drop me an email at

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man. Thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home and yard.

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