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1. Adjust the pH

All the fertilizer in the world won’t help your grass if your soil’s pH is out of whack. The ideal range for growing turf grass should be between 6.3 and 6.8. While grass will grow in soil that’s outside this range, it won’t be able to soak up enough nutrients from the soil or fertilizers and will be more susceptible to weeds and disease. Ideally, you should test your soil first so that you know how much lime to apply. Inexpensive test kits can be purchased at garden centers.

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It's time to renovate your lawn -- here's how

If your grass is looking shabby, a little bit of work now will ensure a thick, lower-maintenance lawn for years to come. The ideal time to renovate your lawn is late August through mid-September, so get cracking. -- Jessica Damiano