Lawn Pros Tips
When it comes to taking care of your lawn water is one of the most important. There are a few things to keep in mind regarding sound watering practices. Quantity, timing and relation to our applications are the three factors in proper watering
Ideally your lawn should receive roughly an inch and a half of water a week. You really want deep watering opposed to light watering. You want to water to a depth of 6 inches or so. You want the water to reach the roots of the grass plants.
Light watering can actually do more harm than good. Every sprinkler puts out a different amount of water, so it’s crucial to determine how long it takes to apply an inch and a half of water.
Early-morning watering is without a doubt the best time to water. Watering during the middle of the day can lead to disease problems as well as wasting water due to excessive evaporation. Watering during the evening tends to promote a number of lawn diseases.
Relation to applications
It’s important to read the information on the application cards we leave behind. Some applications require being watered immediately. On the other hand our weed control applications should not be watered for at least a day.
We take pride in servicing your lawn. You can count on us to apply only the best fertilizer and weed control products. Of course you can be confident that we will apply these products at the proper time of the year and correct application rates. In turn, we must count on you to properly mow your lawn. There are a number of things to consider when mowing: mowing height, timing, and condition of your equipment are the biggest things to take into consideration.
Selecting the proper mowing height is the most important factor to take into consideration. During the hottest driest months of the year, we recommended mowing at a higher height. During spring and fall, mowing a little lower is ideal. To keep your lawn looking it’s best, you only want to remove one third of the grass blade with each mowing.
Our recommended mowing height is 3-4 inches: around 3 inches in spring and fall; 4 inches in the summer.
Proper timing is also very important. It should be dictated by how fast your grass is growing – not by the calendar. Like we mentioned earlier, to keep your lawn looking its best you should only remove one third of the grass blade with each mowing. This may require mowing more often than once a week.
Another good tip is changing the direction you mow each time. This will help maintain an upright growing manner. It will also help reduce wear and tear on your lawn. Alternating direction will also decrease the possibility of scalping.
Making sure your mower blade is sharp is a crucial requirement for proper mowing. A dull blade rips and shreds the grass instead of cutting it. Mowing with a dull blade makes your lawn susceptible to several problems such as brown or discolored tips, disease and insect problems. A good guideline is sharpening your mower blades once a month.
A couple of final thoughts
Watering your lawn the day before you mow during the hot and dry months is a good idea. Always try to mow during the coolest part of the day. This will minimize discoloring and stress to your lawn.