Grow Notes/Free Lawn Care Info

Mowing LawnMowing
Proper mowing is critical for keeping your lawn healthy and looking good. There are three things you can do to keep you lawn looking at its best:

1. MOW HIGH ENOUGH
The basic rule is- the hotter the weather, the higher you should mow. Higher mowing promotes deep root growth, prevents water loss by shading the soil, and reduces weeds by preventing sunlight from warming weed seeds. Taller grass also cools the soil and reduces heat stress
2. MOW OFTEN ENOUGH
Be sure that no more than one-third of the total grass blade is removed in any one mowing. Mowing too short removes too much of the green part of the plant. This gives the lawn a brown, scalped look and weakens the grass. Recovering from even a single “scalping” sets the lawns growth back many weeks.
3. KEEP MOWER BLADES SHARP
Dull mower blades can rip and shred the tips of your grass blades, turning them a bleached tan color and leaving the whole lawn looking brown. If you have a large lawn, sharpen them once a month during the mowing season.

Watering LawnWatering
Keeping your lawn thick, green and healthy means doing several things right. One of the most important things is to make sure there is enough moisture to promote growth. Mother Nature’s rainfall schedule is not dependable. Additional watering is almost always necessary, at least during the hotter and drier parts of the year, to avoid water stress. Lawns turn brown, thin out, and run into more disease and insect problems when under stress. A thin, water stressed lawn also creates room for weeds to grow. Here are a few guidelines to help you maintain a healthy lawn and to avoid these problems. *Remember lawns need up to one inch of water per week in order to thrive.

1. TIMING MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Water early in the morning. Watering at midday can waste water through evaporation.
2. SOAK THE ROOTS
When watering you want to saturate the soil to 6” to 8”. Frequent, shallow watering causes the grass to send roots to the surface for water, where they suffer more quickly during times of drought. You may also want to put more water around curbs and edges because these areas tend to dry up much faster.

 

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