Don’t overthink lawn care…
1. Proper Mowing
- The 1/3 Rule: The typical rule of thumb for mowing is you never want to cut more than 1/3 of the blade of grass at once. Cutting more than 1/3 of the blade could weaken the grass causing the lawn to become more susceptible to heat stress, disease and weeds.
- Mowing Frequency: It is much more important to cut your lawn based on grass growth than schedule dates. In spring months lawns may need to be cut 2 times a week compared to dry summer months when the grass grows at a much slower rate.
- Mowing Height: While many lawns are made up from different types of grass, cutting the lawn at 3 inches is a good rule of thumb.
- Mowing Patterns: The direction you mow your grass should be changed every time you mow the lawn. This helps ensure the grass doesn’t get matted down in one direction.
2. Proper Watering
- Shorter more frequent watering is much more beneficial in the overall health of the lawn. It is scientifically proven to reduce disease. If your goal is to water an area of your lawn for a total of 105 minutes per week, break it up to 15 minutes per day.
- Not all areas of properties receive the same amount of sunlight per day. If some areas seem to be looking drier than others, the drier areas may require additional watering time.
- Lawns typically require different amounts of water depending on the temperature, season and the amount of recent rainfall the lawn has received.
3. Ensuring your lawn has the proper nutrients.
- A healthy lawn needs fertilizer with a higher amount of nitrogen than other nutrients like potassium and phosphorus. Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for plant coloring and growth. Around 4 lbs of nitrogen for every 1,000 sqft is sufficient for a mature lawn. We recommend having lawn care professionals apply fertilizers to ensure the lawn is getting the correct amount of nutrients.
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