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  1. First, give your lawn an energy lift by topping it with a thin 1/4 inch layer of compost. The organic mulch will feed soil critters, which in turn will feed the plants by transforming the compost into a plant-friendly fertilizer in just the right spring doses. Re-seed any bare patches that pop up in spring.

    Water wisely in summer with 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water a week, whether from rainfall, supplement watering, or a combination of the two. A deep and thorough early morning soaking applied less frequently is best. Aerate your lawn as needed, and keep your lawn properly mowed throughout the season. The key is to mow high (to a height of 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches) and mow often so that no more than one-third of grass is cut in one mowing.

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