Here are some recommended grass mowing and watering tips we'd like to share with everyone.
First two cuts of the year can be 2-3 inches (for cleaning purposes) then raise blades to 3.5 inches for the summer.
To measure the height, make a pass with mower, then using your index finger touch the ground and the grass should come up to your top knuckle approximately 3.5 inches.
Frequent cuts will ease stress as you are trimming less of the plants. In spring as grass is growing rapidly four-to-five-day intervals would be most desirable. This schedule will allow you to leave the clippings as long as there are no clumps or lines of clippings. If you rely on a landscaper the seven-day schedule is cost effective and a fine schedule but clippings will need to be removed.
Cutting on a ten-to-fourteen-day schedule adds lots of stress to the grass plants. Stress is what you want to avoid as it will affect plant health as well as visual appearance. Spring and Fall you will see recovery but in summer months recovery is much slower.
In periods of high heat and if you are watering daily continue to cut on a five-to-seven-day schedule. Should you not be able to water and grass is dormant and looks dry it may be best to stay off with the mower until rain fall has occurred.
Continue cutting tall through the fall but lower as leaves begin to fall in late October. At this point 2-3 inch height is fine and this will help prevent snow mold in the early spring.
Beginning May 1st depending on weather conditions please begin watering daily. It may be cool but the soil is warming rapidly as the daylight hours are very long. Our goal is a little water every morning so the lawn is ready for the day.
Your watering should be complete prior to sunrise. This will allow the grass to dry during the morning hours. It is important that lawns dry during the day as this will help prevent diseases from flourishing.
Daily watering will help relieve stress; we don't want tto overwater just enough to keep lawn in a healthy state. We recommend 15-20 minutes per zone, large areas with 360-degree heads will need to run 30-40 minutes. Shaded areas will require less water from beginning to the end of the season.
As a regular schedule one water a day should suffice but during extended heat waves a second water may be needed. If you see lawn stressing from heat you can water a second time around noon. This should be half the time you have scheduled for the morning. Hopefully it will have plenty of time to dry before nightfall.
During times of high humidity please avoid the second water. Excess water, humidity and high heat is a disease scenario. Our grasses are cool season grasses so they thrive in Spring and Fall and stress through Summer.
Water should be off by late October even though the growing season may continue for many weeks.
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Our five applications of slow release fertilize, complete insect control and lime will supply all the nutrients and preventives your lawn will need for the season.
The process of removing thousands of cores from the soil structure creating space for nutrient exchange and soil left on top will help to naturally decay thatch.