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Take a step into a suburban neighborhood and count how many lush green lawns you see. Chances are the green ones out number the brown ones. There is a King of the Hill episode where the men compete to have the best lawn in the neighborhood. The lawn symbolizes pride in the home owner. However, water use on lawns can be very wasteful. Here are some tips to be more efficient when watering the lawn.

Water in the early morning – when you water the lawn some water evaporates before it hits the grass. Water your lawn between 4am and 9am. This reduces the chance of water evaporation because it is the time when the air is the coolest and the wind is the least during the day.

Water only when your grass needs it – Apart from water waste, over-watering your lawn can actually damage the lawn. It can contribute to the development of fungus and disease. However, most people do not know that they are over-watering. Types of grass, temperature and climate are all factors that play into how much water your grass needs. Luckily, there is one easy way to determine how much water your grass needs – look at it. Grass that needs to be watered will give off a blue-gray tint and the ends of the blades will begin to curl up.

Adjust your sprinkler system – Make sure that your sprinklers are hitting the lawn and not the sidewalks, driveways, etc. Also, check your sprinkler heads to make sure that they are not clogged and aiming the wrong direction.

Monitor rainfall – Let the rain do the work for you. By monitoring rainfall you can alter your watering routine to account for the rain. Make sure that if your sprinklers are on a timer you turn them off when it’s raining.

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Do you plan on buying a push or riding mower? Many homeowners wonder which type of lawn mower would be the best for their yard. Generally we’d say that push mowers are the best for smaller yards that are mainly flat. Riding mowers are best for large yards that are flat or have gentle sloping hills. Still not sure about which to purchase next? Here is a list of pros and cons when considering push vs. riding mowers.

Push mower pros –

There are many people who view mowing the lawn as part of their exercise routine. Push mowers allow people to get exercise while they are mowing the lawn. Push mowers are generally cheaper than riding mowers. Moreover, some push mowers have electric engines which makes operation costs less than a riding mower. The size of a push mower makes them easier to store compared to riding mowers.

Push mower cons –

While some people view the exercise as a pro when mowing the lawn, there are some who do not. Push mowers not only require more work than riding mowers, they also are slower and take longer to mow the lawn. If you have a large lawn to mow, push mowers could be impractical when it comes to the time spent mowing the lawn. There are also safety hazards when using push mowers. If you have an electric model you need to make sure that you don’t run over the cord.

Riding mower pros –

Riding mowers are the best when you have a large yard. They save on time and are more comfortable than push mowers. Riding mowers can also be safer than push mowers. One feature some riding mowers have is that they can only operate while someone is in the seat.

Riding mower cons –

Most riding mowers are more expensive than push mowers. Along with the upfront cost, riding mowers are more complicated and expensive to maintain. It is a lot easier to transport a push mower to get fixed than a riding mower. Riding mowers are also harder to store since they take up much more space than push mowers.