Most lawn experts agree that the majority of lawn care problems are a result of not mowing at the proper heights and not keeping mower blades sharpened. It is a proven fact that mowing regularly and at proper heights can prevent weed growth, retain moisture, keep color, and help reduce disease. Throughout the year your lawn needs different growing heights. Keeping your grass at ideal heights will increase your lawns density and reduce other problems.
March to mid April mower settings should be set at about 2 inches for the first 2-3 cuttings of the year. The height should gradually increase with temperatures.
April-October mower settings should increase with warmer temperatures. Raise mower heights gradually as the temperatures rise. They should be kept at a minimum height of 3 inches. This will help to retain moisture and shade turf roots in the summer.
October-November mower settings should be set at about two inches. This helps prepare lawn for dormancy.
Drop your mower setting down to 1-1 ½ inches, this will help control winter kill.
- Don’t cut more that 1/3 of the grass blades when mowing. Cutting more than 1/3 of the plant will encourage roots to come to the surface for more moisture and will dry out roots.
- Always keep your mower blades sharp. A dull blade will chew up and fray grass blades, giving your lawn an ugly, gray appearance. It also makes the plant more susceptible to disease and insect damage.
- Try not to mow when the lawn is damp or wet. This will damage roots by tearing grass, rather than cutting.
- Please wait 24 hours after our applications to mow your lawn.
- Change mowing patterns throughout the season to avoid stress.
Watering is essential to any type of lawn care program. As the season warms up and we sustain summer temperatures lawns need 1-1 ½ inches of water per week. Infrequent, deep watering is the way to go! The best time to water is in the early morning hours. Watering at this time will help to reduce evaporation and prevent disease.
Spring is a good time to repair damage to your lawn! Make sure to wait until May for best germination results. Also your new grass seed needs to be watered daily for 14 days to ensure proper germination. If you do any seeding to your property throughout the year, make sure to call and notify us. Our technicians are usually looking for new seed on the lawns we treat, but the notification is appreciated!