Yard Tips

1. What Is The Proper Mowing Height?

Proper mowing is an important practice in maintaining a desirable lawn. The critical factors are height and frequency of mowing and maintenance of mowing equipment.

Frequency: Grass should be mowed frequently enough that no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is removed. The desired cutting height is 2 1/2 to 3 inches, the grass should be cut before it is 4 inches high.

Mower maintenance: Mower blades require frequent sharpening and balancing. A dull mower blade will shred the grass blades, producing a poor appearance. The mower wheels should be checked for correct height for a level cut.

Also, grass clippings should be allowed to remain on the lawn to recycle plant nutrients.

Give us a call if you have any questions about mowing or any other aspects of lawn maintenance.



2. What Is The Best Way To Water My Lawn?

Lawn irrigation is a part of the lawn maintenance program that must be completed by the lawn owner.

Most turfgrasses require one to three inches of water per week. The exact amount depends on weather conditions, soil type and type of lawn grasses. If rainfall does not supply enough moisture, lawns must be irrigated.

A symptom that your lawn needs irrigation is loss of green color. When you walk across the lawn, the grass remains flattened in the footprints. Inability to penetrate the soil with a screwdriver indicates the soil is dry.

Once Adequate rainfall ceases, lawns generally start to become dry in a week and irrigation is needed. Hot air temperatures increase the need to water.

Apply one inch of water per week by one or two heavy waterings. Do not irrigate lightly for a few minutes each day. Watering heavily once a week encourages the water to soak deeply throughout the grass root zone.

While irrigating, placing some shallow containers on the lawn will help you measure how much water is being applied. An hour or more may be required to apply one inch of water.

Consult with your Lawn Care Specialist if you have any questions regarding proper watering of your lawn.



Seasonal Tips

Spring

April and May are key months for applying Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control. This will protect your turf from unsightly crabgrass in the summer months.


Spring Clean Up!

Do not rake your lawn until it is dry. Snow mold may be a problem on your lawn. If so, lightly rake any matted areas of turf, to allow the area to dry. Repeat if necessary.


Summer

To provide your landscapes and lawn with the correct amount of water, learn about the specific needs for your lawn, trees, shrubs and ornamental plants. This is important to avoid drought stress, but also to avoid overwatering, which can be as detrimental as drought.

Fall

Fall is an excellent time to plant. If you do plant, make sure you water new plantings well if rainfall is scarce. Also, take care to sufficiently water your lawn as it prepares for dormancy. And remember, any season is the right time to make sure your shrubs and trees are properly mulched in order to moderate temperatures, maintain soil moisture, deter weeds, and enhance the attractiveness of your yard. However, avoid mulching directly around the trunks of trees and ornamental plants, as this can lead to rot. Fall is also an excellent time to prune trees and shrubs. Many plants have lost their leaves, making it easier to see their framework and decide which branches to remove.