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TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN

Most Triangle lawns are covered in tall fescue, which should stay green all year. Here's what you should be doing in your lawn to maintain it now and through the winter, according to Wake County Cooperative Extension and N.C. State University:

FERTILIZE: Apply fertilizer in September or October, again in November and again in February.

CONTROL WEEDS: Attack the winter annual weeds, such as henbit and chickweed, with an herbicide.

AERATE: Run over your lawn with an aerator, which pokes holes or pulls up plugs from the ground, to reduce compaction.

MOW AND RAKE: Cut grass to 3 inches and remove rocks, sticks and leaves.

WATER: Spray about an inch of water a week on your lawn. Watering in the early morning hours decreases the chance for some disease.

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