March 3, 2010

Change The Way You Think About Your Lawn To Enhance Its Health

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Our lawns enhance the look of our homes and add to our property values. They serve as a place to relax and as a play area for kids and pets. They absorb carbon dioxide from the air and give back fresh oxygen. Lawns are also expensive. Sod can cost about $500 for 1,000 square feet.

“The easiest way to achieve the goal of a beautiful lawn and protect your investment is to really think about grass as a living, breathing thing,” says Bayer Advanced Garden Expert Lance Walheim, co-author of Lawn Care for Dummies. “Your lawn requires a proper diet of water and fertilizer, regular haircuts and protection against the things that can harm it.”

Four Ways To Enhance The Health of Your Lawn

  • Deep watering: For most areas, two waterings a week in the summer is sufficient, but you should check with your local water department or extension service for guidelines. You need to irrigate your lawn long enough so the water can penetrate 6 inches into the soil. You can use a screwdriver to test the depth of moisture.
  • The right fertilizer at the right time: Fertilizers feed the grass to strengthen it against weeds, diseases and pests. Slow-release fertilizers cost more, but they’re less likely to burn the lawn and they last longer. Warm-season grasses require fertilizer in late spring. Cool-season grasses require fertilizer in spring or fall. Be sure to check with your county extension office to determine the proper timing for fertilizing your type of turf.
  • Mowing: Set the wheels of the mower at the recommended height for your grass type. Mow often enough so you don’t scalp your grass. Scalping can lead to weed problems.
  • Insect protection: Below-ground pests such as grubs eat your grass roots and can harm your lawn. Above-ground lawn pests such as fleas and ticks can be a nuisance to your kids or pets. Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer saves money because one product kills soil insects for up to three months and kills surface insects in 24 hours. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the label.

Visit BayerAdvanced.com for lawn care tips and how-to videos or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

About Bayer Advanced™

Bayer Advanced is one of the leading consumer lawn and garden brands in the United States. Driven by innovative thinking and category-leading research, Bayer Advanced provides innovative and effective solutions that help consumers grow beautiful lawns and gardens and protect their landscapes from pests, weeds and diseases.

Always read and follow label directions before using Bayer Advanced products. Visit BayerAdvanced.com for more information and to view how-to videos, or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

Bayer Advanced is a business group of Bayer CropScience LP, the U.S. affiliate of Bayer CropScience AG. Bayer Advanced, Bayer CropScience LP, and Bayer CropScience AG are part of the Bayer AG family, a FORTUNE Global 500 company.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global work force of more than 18,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. Visit www.bayercropscience.com for more details.

Lawn & Garden Expert

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