Lawn Care




Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording about landscaping, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

The man bought a __________ with a nice lawn.

The man says, "We just bought a house with a great lawn, but I want to be sure to take care of it so it looks nice in the neighborhood. At the beginning of each spring, I aerate the lawn so the water can better penetrate the soil."

How often does the man cut the lawn?

The man says, "Then, I mow the lawn once a week to a good height, and I check the sprinkler system to make sure the grass is completely watered."

What does the man use to kill the insects in the grass?

The man says, "I sometimes have to use an insecticide to kill bugs that are eating the roots of the grass."

We just bought a house with a great lawn, but I want to be sure to take care of it so it looks nice in the neighborhood. At the beginning of each spring, I aerate the lawn so the water can better penetrate the soil. Then, I mow the lawn once a week to a good height, and I check the sprinkler system to make sure the grass is completely watered. Otherwise, we’ll see dry brown spots in the lawn after a while. Next, I fertilize the lawn twice a year with a weed and feed mixture which helps green up the grass and kill broad leaf weeds like dandelions. I sometimes have to use an insecticide to kill bugs that are eating the roots of the grass. Finally, I trim the edges of the lawn along the fence and the sidewalk to make everything look really sharp and tidy.

Part 2: Discussion

Do people have grass lawns in your hometown to beautify their yards? If not, what ground cover is used instead? How does the climate of a particular area affect how homes are landscaped?

Part 3: Online Investigation

Companies always produce commercially-sold products that can be used to improve the grass or landscaping around a home; however, there are a number of “homemade” solutions that people can create using products that they might already have around the house. Search the Internet for a lawn greening recipe that anyone can make. What does each ingredient do?

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):