Many of us that live in the suburbs know how important it is to maintain a pristine, lush, green yard during our short spring and summer months. No one wants to get stink eye from neighbors for having the ugliest yard on the street (you know who you are!)
Having said that, there are pretty much two main options available to the homeowner when it comes to keeping the grass looking its greenest: a lawn service like TruGreen or an over-the-counter product like Scotts. While both of these solutions may serve your purposes, they can be expensive options.
My recommendation is to go to Gertens in Inver Grove Heights (MN) and get their 4-Step Lawn Fertilizer Program. The whole program runs $60 for a 5,000 square feet yard to $190 for a 13,888 square foot yard.
In our experience, the Scotts program is more expensive than Gertens' is, and it is less effective. Now, the Gertens blends are made specifically for MN, so they told us, but I believe they ship to your home from their website so if you live elsewhere you can give it a try too (if you are out of state and decide to try it, let me know how it works!).
This will be our third year of using Gertens fertlizer, and we are hooked. Sure, it's a pain in the rear to drive 30 minutes each way over to Inver Grove Heights, but it's worth it, and they have a lot of other cool stuff there too... like really neat bird feeders you can't find at Home Depot, Wal-Mart, or Target.
And if your yard looks like a balding man's head (a little patchy and sparse), and if you're super crazy about having an amazing, show-stopping yard, which we are not, here's my tip (via my dental hygienist who has a very nice yard): put a new layer of topsoil on top of your existing grass, and then re-seed the entire yard. It sounds like a pain, an expensive and time-consuming one, but the result will be worth it.
So the moral of this story is that you can be the envy of the neighborhood, and the grass can be greener in your yard than your neighbor's, for less then they're probably paying!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!