Lawn Maintenance

Our lawn maintenance tips can help you keep your home cost efficient, safe & cozy.

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Our 4 Best Riding Lawn Mower Picks (2024)

Riding lawn mowers provide a more efficient, less strenuous way to mow your lawn than push mowers. Here are our top riding lawn mowers picks.
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Our 5 Best Backpack Leaf Blower Picks (2024 Guide)

A backpack leaf blower provides a less arduous way to clear leaves from your yard than a traditional one. Here are the best backpack leaf blowers available.

Fall Fertilizing: Essential Tips to Make Your Yard Grow

Read this guide to learn why autumn is the best time of year to fertilize your yard.
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How to Care for Your Lawn During a Drought

Periods of excessive temperatures with very little rain can cause extreme stress on your lawn, transforming what was once lush and green into a sparse mat of tired-looking browns and yellows. There’s good news though: There are ways to help your yard through these tough times, and we’ll show you how to care for your lawn during a drought.
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10 Drainage Solutions for Your Yard

Dealing with a nasty, returning puddle in a yard can be a real problem for some homeowners. And, no matter what they do, they can’t seem to get ahead of the problem. This guide will highlight some of the most common challenges that arise when dealing with a wet lawn, as well as some potential solutions they can try to dry up their lawn.
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Spring Home and Lawn Maintenance Tips

Tackle these spring home and lawn maintenance tasks to keep your property looking as good as new.
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6 Best Fertilizer Spreaders (2024 Guide)

Spreaders distribute seeds, mulch, weed killer, and more. In this review, we look at the best fertilizer spreader for every application.

The 5 Best Fertilizers (2024 Review)

Using fertilizer is an important step to maintaining a lush, healthy lawn. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best fertilizers on Amazon to help you find the one that’s right for you. The products included in this article are available at various retail stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

How to Care for Ornamental Grass

These types of grasses can add beauty and grace to your lawn or garden, but it is critical to know how to care for them. Here are some factors to consider when selecting ornamental grass.

The Ultimate Guide to Winter Fertilizer (2022)

Applying a winter fertilizer is an important lawn care measure that ensures your grass survives freezing temperatures and is ready to flourish in the early spring. Read on to learn about winter fertilizers, their benefits, and tips for application.

What Is Grass Rust and How to Remove It

Your lawn isn’t actually rusting, but it may have a fungal disease that weakens the grass blades and sheds orange powder. Fortunately, although this infection weakens turfgrass, it rarely kills it. We’ll show you how to get rid of it.
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6 Best Weed Killers (2024 Guide)

An effective herbicide can get rid of a variety of weeds that have invaded your lawn. In this guide, our Reviews Team takes a looks at the best weed killers and prevention formulas to support a variety of gardening, landscaping, and lawn care needs.
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Best Oscillating Sprinklers of 2024

Oscillating sprinklers rotate, allowing more of your lawn to be watered at once. In this review, we examine the best oscillating sprinklers.

End-of-Summer Yard and Garden Cleanup Tips

Give your lawn and garden the care they need by removing debris, dividing crowded perennials, and adding mulch—so plants can come back stronger.

10 Smart Tools for Your Next DIY Project

A new crop of warm-weather problem-solvers for your home.

Pro Tips to Get Your House Ready for Warmer Weather

Spring is here, so it’s time to prime the house and garden for the warm-weather months ahead. Read on for tips on how to get everything ready for the summer.

Best Tick Killers (2024 Guide)

Keep disease-carrying ticks and other insects away with a pellet or spray repellent from our guide to the best tick killers.

What Is Snow Mold & How to Remove It

If the snow melts in your yard but the grass is still covered in patches of white, you may have snow mold. We’ll explain what snow mold is and how to prevent it from affecting your lawn.

Sub-Compact Tractors: Full-Size Power in a Sub-Compact Package

When your ride-on mower isn’t quite "cutting" it, but a full-size tractor isn’t necessary or practical, a sub-compact tractor can make light work of even your toughest lawn and landscaping challenges. Here’s what you should know about these small but mighty machines.

How to Repair and Improve Your Lawn

Looking to repair or improve your lawn? It can be as simple as patching, aerating, dethatching, and practicing proper mowing and irrigation methods.

How to Remove Mole Crickets

Mole crickets are a major nuisance in any lawn, tunneling through soil and tearing up turfgrass. Read on to find out how to identify them, flush them out, and get rid of them.

The Best Year-Round Lawn Care Schedule

Creating a plan of attack for your lawn care is critical. Here’s your best lawn care schedule, broken down season by season.

How to Get Rid of Lawn Grubs

If grubs have invaded your lawn, you have both all-natural options and chemical treatments to get rid of them. We’ll show you how.

How to Get Rid of Clover in Your Lawn Naturally

If you don’t want clover taking over your lawn, there are several natural and organic ways to get rid of it—no harsh chemicals needed.

Brown Spots in Grass: Identification and Prevention

Your lawn could have brown spots for a variety of reasons—fungus, excessive thatch, and poor soil quality, to name a few. We’ll show you how to identify, repair, and prevent brown spots.

NaturaLawn of America Review

If you’re looking for environmentally friendly lawn care services, NaturaLawn of America may be right for you.

How to Grow Grass Fast

There’s no secret trick to get grass to grow overnight, but here are the top tips to get your grass to grow in thick and lush as fast as it can.

What Is Lawn Aeration and How Is It Done?

Lawn aeration is key to lawn maintenance, but you might not always know when you need it. Read this aeration to guide to learn how, when, and why to aerate your lawn.

The Complete Guide to Lawn Fertilizer Services

Fertilization is key for a healthy, thriving lawn, but it can take a lot of work and expertise. Consider hiring a professional lawn fertilizer service to get a gorgeous, healthy lawn.

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Wondering how to care for your lawn in the summer? We have all the top tips to keep your lawn lush in the hot summer months.

How to Get Rid of Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is a pernicious weed you don’t want in your lawn. We’ll show you how to get rid of it.

How to Restore a Lawn Full of Weeds

Read our handy guide on how to restore a weedy, patchy lawn to its former glory.

What is Hydroseeding?

Hydroseeding is a convenient, cost-effective way to plant grass seed, but like seeding and laying sod, it has its pros and cons.