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How-To: choose the right mower height for your lawn

To keep your yard looking great, it's important to set your mower at the right height. This depends on the type of grass you have and the time of year it is.

The chart has a wide range of cutting heights as the height can vary based on variety, season of year, drought and other factors.

Warm Season Grasses      
           Cool Season Grasses                       
   St. Augustine grass  2.5 - 4.0      Kentucky bluegrass  1.5 - 3.0
   Hybrid Bermuda grass  0.25 - 2.0        Tall fescue  1.5 - 3.0
   Common Bermuda grass  1.0 - 2.0      Perennial ryegrass  1.5 - 3.0
   Centipede grass  1.0 - 3.0      Fine fescues  1.5 - 3.0
   Zoysia grass  0.5 - 2.0      Annual ryegrass  2.0 - 3.0
   Buffalo grass  1.0 - 3.0      Creeping bentgrass  0.125 - 0.5
   Carpet grass  1.0 - 3.0   Other Mowable Ground Covers   
   Bahia grass  2.0 - 4.0      White clover  1.5 - 3.0
   Kikuyu grass  1.5 - 3.0      Dichondra  0.5 - 1.5

How-To: minimize dog tracks in your lawn

We get it-you love your furry friend, but hate the dead spots he leaves in your yard. Follow these tips to keep your grass looking great, even under the stress of your dog.

1) A healthy lawn will minimize damage caused by dogs or other stressors, like drought. Be sure you're using the proper mowing, fertilization, irrigation, thatch and pest control techniques for your lawn.

2) Some grasses are more tolerant than others to wear-and-tear. Bermuda grass and zoysia are great warm-season options, while Kentucky bluegrass is a great cool-season option.

3) Restrict your dog to a run. This will limit the amount yard that can get torn up at one time. Be sure to move the run to different areas to allow the yard to recover.

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How-To: level your mower deck

Ensure a consistently smooth, even cut by leveling the mower deck of your Z500 Ztrak mower. Here are the four things you'll need to know to do it yourself.

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How-To: keep a healthy yard in wet weather

Heavy rains and flooding have left many lawns waterlogged, or worse, covered in silt when flood water recedes. Here are tips to help your lawn recover.

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How-To: beat the summer heat

How do you keep your lawn looking lush and green in the summer drought? Here are tips that will increase plant and tree health (and not your water bill).

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How-To: combat common lawn problems

Weeds, bugs, drought, rain... these can all make your yard look less than perfect. Here's the advice you need to combat all the common lawn problems.

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How-To: mulch your yard

Mulching, rather than bagging your lawn clippings, provides your lawn with nutrients. Plus it's faster than bagging.

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How-To: properly water your lawn

Watering should be done in the early morning and should wet the soil one inch beyond the roots. Following these tips will allow you to conserve water and properly hydrate your yard.

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How-To: prevent clumps when mulching your yard

Not bagging your lawn clippings saves time and is healthy for your yard, but it can be unsightly if not done correctly. Follow these tips for a clump-free yard.

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