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Now is a good time to plan lawn care for the coming “warm” season of a Seattle summer. Mow whenever the grass grows high enough to reach the set on the machine. Frequent early mowing establishes a healthy system of runners in the turf. Spot weed early on, so that the strong early growth of April will fill in blanks quickly.
Plan to edge the turf on the first suitable spring day. Sharpen a spade, fill the mower, enlist a helper, and prepare to strike when shaggy margins are just moist enough to hold together and just dry enough to disintegrate when tossed onto the turf before routine mowing. I have tried every known way to edge the lawn: using a sharp garden spade is the most efficient. One person edges, the assistant lifts strips of sod. Close-fitting sticky-palmed knit work gloves speed the job.
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