4 Steps to a Healthier Lawn

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Every guy wants the best lawn on the block. Or, at the very least, a healthy, green one. Here, New York Mets head groundskeeper Bill Deacon shares tips to achieve a durable, good-looking yard. All it takes are these four simple steps.

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1. Mower Care
Sharpen your mower's blade two or three times a year and any time after hitting a rock or something that could nick the blade. If the grass tips are torn or ripped, instead of cleanly sheared, it's time to sharpen.

2. When to Water
Most people overwater. Oxygen is key to growing grass, and too much water pushes oxygen out of the soil. I let my grass just start to wilt — you can tell when walking on it leaves footprints — then irrigate.

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3. Feeding Time
If you can feed only once a year, go with a late summer or early fall dose. You'll want to use a fertilizer in which at least 50 percent of the nitrogen is a slow-release type, which feeds for 8 to 10 weeks. Also key to a healthy lawn is aeration: ­making small holes in the soil to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the ground.

4. Lawn Type
For a lawn that stands up to summer cookouts and baseball games, it's important to choose the right grass. Tall fescue is a good option for the cooler seasons in the North, and Bermuda works for the warmer climes of the southern states.