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How to Grow A Lawn Worthy of A Slip ’n Slide

How to Grow A Lawn Worthy of A Slip ’n Slide

In comparison to the Slip ‘n Slide, other water-based toys just don’t cut it. What is jumping through a sprinkler when you can glide through them at (seemingly) break-neck speeds? What is splashing in the pool when you can create a tidal wave of water as you careen across the grass? Bar none, the Slip ‘n Slide is the best summertime toy.

Unfortunately, one thing you absolutely need for a successful Slip ‘n Slide is plush grass, and if yours is like most lawns in America, you probably need some quick solutions to get your grass healthily luxurious enough to facilitate slipping and sliding. Here are a few tips to ensure your lawn is primed and ready during Slip ‘n Slide season.

1. Mow High for A Comfortable Cushion

There are several reasons you should set your lawn mower’s blades to a higher setting. For one, taller grass provides more cushion on your chest when you dive onto the Slip ‘n Slide. However, more importantly, taller grass is easier to maintain.

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As a general gardening rule, you never want to remove more than a third of a plant when you prune, and the same is true with grass. Grass wants to have longer blades, so when you cut it short, it devotes all its energy to re-growing up top ― which weakens its root system and leads to weeds, pests, and ugly dead patches that are terrible for slipping and sliding. At the very least, you should allow your grass to grow three inches tall, which ultimately means less time mowing for you.

2. Sharpen Blades to Prevent Disease

You know the pain of trying to shave with a dull razor. Your grass experiences the same discomfort when you mow with dull blades. A dull lawn mower tears grass instead of cutting it, creating gaping wounds that invite infections and disease that result in dead, crunchy lawns.

Plus, torn grass requires as much as 30 percent more water to repair itself, which means devoting more of your budget to your water bill and less to your summer bucket list. You can file your mower’s blades at home, or you can pay for the service at a home improvement store.

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3. Water Early and Deeply to Add Thickness

Your lawn is thirsty, especially during the warm-weather months, but that doesn’t mean it needs a drink every day. When you water your lawn is just as important as how much water you give it. During the summer, as much as 25 percent of your lawn’s water can evaporate if you schedule your sprinklers to run during the daytime. Meanwhile, if you water at night, the long hours of wet soil tends to encourage the growth of fungus. Instead, you should give your lawn a drink between 4 and 8 a.m. Most experts suggest providing an inch of water for every foot of soil in your lawn, which is usually running the sprinklers for about an hour every three days.

4. Hire A Professional to Diagnose Spots

It might look and feel like dead grass, but that doesn’t mean it is. Lawns can suffer from nearly as many maladies as people, and only a professional can understand the symptoms and provide an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes, crunchy grass is merely dormant and waiting for the right climate to reinvigorate.

Sometimes, you have a pest infestation that only specialized treatment will cure. If your lawn has spots of any color besides healthy, vibrant green, you probably should call a reputable lawn services provider to give you some help.

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5. Fertilize in the Fall to Grow Good Roots

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    Fertilizing is one of those weird yardwork necessities that most people misunderstand. You don’t need to fertilize your plants often; once a year is definitely good enough for your lawn.

    However, you shouldn’t fertilize as soon as your grass wakes up in the spring. Instead, you should give your lawn a good meal in the fall, right before it goes dormant for the winter season. Then, it allocates the nutrients to its roots, creating a strong foundation for the future.

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    Bonus: DIY Slip ‘n Slide Instructions

    Now that your grass is healthy, you need to get yourself a Slip ‘n Slide. Fortunately, if they are already sold-out from every nearby store, you can use household items to craft your own.

    • Step 1: Cut along the side seams of a few heavy-duty trash bags so that they will lay flat on the ground. Make enough sheets to create a sufficiently long slide that fits in your yard.
    • Step 2: Use landscape anchor pins to secure plastic sheets to the ground. Ensure the pins don’t protrude above the plastic because they can tear at sliders’ skin.
    • Step 3: Lubricate the slide with some baby soap. The branded slide doesn’t tell you to do this, but trust us: It helps you go five times faster.
    • Step 4: Drench the slide with a hose, and get to sliding!

    Featured photo credit: shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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