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Grub Control & Other Curb Appeal Tasks for June

Now’s a good time to save on outdoor tools, too.

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June’s a critical month to make sure a key curb appeal asset gets some TLC: your lawn.

You’ll spend less time (and money, if you hire help) if you do these things now rather than later.

#1 Buy Outdoor Power Tools

Trim 15% to 30% off the cost of powered edgers, saws, and more by taking advantage of Father’s Day sales — which typically offer the lowest prices of the year.

#2 Start a Lawn Watering Schedule

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When temps climb into the 80s, make sure your lawn’s getting enough water to preserve your curb appeal. That means at least 1 inch of water a week for cool season grasses and a half-inch for warm-season varieties.

Lawns prefer to gulp rather than sip. So water deeply, up to 30 minutes, rather than frequently. You’ll waste less water, too.

#3 Use Grub Control

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Grubs dine on your lawn’s roots. Left to gorge, they’ll kill your lawn. That’s not cheap to replace: up to $2 a square foot to re-sod. Go the preventive route, and spread a lawn grub-control product that will take care of the eggs now  before they hatch and start munching hungrily.

#4 Stick to a Mowing Schedule

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Cutting your grass too long or too short, or neglecting to cut it regularly will slowly erode your property’s good looks. To prevent that, you (or your lawn service) should cut no more than one-third of the grass blade per mow. Whacking off more leaves your yard susceptible to pests and disease.

Note: You may need to plan for up to two mows a week to stay ahead of growth.