General Lawn Tips

For throughout the season

Mowing

Always mow at 3" or your mower's highest setting. If you mow lower than suggested you are over-pruning, which promotes weed growth, root damage, and die-out.

 

Never mow off more than one-third of the grass blade’s height at any one time. Doing so shocks the grass and could lead to more problems, such as poor color, disease susceptibility, and weed breakthrough.

 

Keep your mower blades sharp. Mowing with a dull mower blade causes shredding of grass blades, which causes a very unsightly brown appearance. It can also lead to water loss and increased disease susceptibility.

 

Mulch your clippings don't bag them. Mulching returns nutrients to the lawn, as well as organic matter. It also helps to retain water. Sometimes it may be helpful to bag if your grass has gotten extra long between mowings. At that point, mulching could cause clumping and will smother the lawn.

Seeding

Spring and Fall are the best times to do any seeding, although seeding year-round is fine as long as it receives adequate moisture. New seed should typically be watered every day for 10-15 minutes, one to three times a day for the first two to three weeks. During hot conditions, more water may be needed.

 

Seeding properly is a very important aspect of growing new grass. First, loosen the soil with a hard rake. Then spread your grass seed and lightly rake the seed into the soil. New seed cannot grow if it is just scattered over bare spots. Overseeding is only beneficial right after the lawn has been aerated.

 

Contact us if you do any seeding so that we can properly adjust your future fertilizer and weed control applications.

Watering

In the springtime, you should not need to do much watering as long as we get our normal spring rain.

 

As summertime heat arrives and your lawn begins to show signs of stress you will want to begin watering. It is best to deeply soak the lawn 1-3 times a week for about 1 hour in each area. Shorter more frequent watering will do more harm than good and can make your lawn more susceptible to disease and insect damage.

 

Be sure not to wait too long to begin watering, otherwise, it may be too late. By starting to water after the lawn is already dormant you can cause severe damage to the lawn. 

 

Mornings before 11 am is the best time to water. During the day it is okay if you must, but you will lose a portion of your water to evaporation and could cause scorching. Never water in the evening with less than 2 hours of daylight remaining, watering at night will keep the soil surface moist for too long of a period and will make your lawn more susceptible to disease and fungus damage.

 

If you ever have any questions about when or how much to water feel free to call or email us.

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