1. When in doubt, raise the cutting deck. 2. A shallow watering is worse than no water at all. 3. Don’t try to “water it back to life” – if it goes dormant, leave it. 4. Mulching > bagging 5. Never cut more than 1/3 of the blade at one time. 6. If you miss a regular cutting, use the highest setting. 7. Like a razor blade when shaving, a dull mower blade is a no-go. 8. If you must fertilize during the summer, only use organics. 9. Consider stepping stones for high-traffic areas. 10. Stop next years’ weeds with targeted, post-emergent herbicides. 11. Mow in varying patterns to avoid creating ruts. 12. Watering in the evening promotes fungal diseases. 13. Flush dog urine with water to prevent nitrogen burn.