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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 September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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