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Green Tips

Green Tip #26
Tips for a Green Lawn

Forget trying to make your lawn look like a golf course putting green, and keep your grass longer. Longer blades discourage weeds and pest insects, which means you are under less pressure to apply toxic pesticides and herbicides. Longer grass also shades the roots more, and helps prevent the soil from drying out. It tends to lead to healthier roots, so your green carpet will be hardier, and should require less water in the long run.

Experts agree that it's better to mow regularly, and to remove no more than one-third of the blade length at a time. That way, stress on the grass will be minimized. Don't forget to keep cutting blades sharp, as that prevents the tearing that is hard on plant tissue.

Different types of grass have different optimum heights, so it's not a bad idea to consult gardening books, or speak with the staff at your local nursery or the cooperative extension office to determine what's best for your yard, and then aim for the upper range.


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Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area



The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
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Decatur, IL 62521
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