Do you ever wonder what it takes, when it comes to keeping your lawn looking Clean Green and Pristine? Here are few simple steps to follow……..
Cutting at the right height
- Cut your grass at a height of 3 inches because this allows the grass to shade itself and help prevent weeds as well as maintain soil moisture.
How frequently should the mowing take place?
- It is important to cut the grass more often when it is growing faster such as the early spring. You should not cut more than one third of the length of your grass at one time. When these conditions exist it is ideal to cut twice a week.
- When it’s hot and dry in July and August you may want to cut the part of the lawn that is growing; most likely the shaded areas. Avoid cutting or driving over the hot sunny areas of you lawn as this may cause damage not seen until the lawn recovers from summer stresses.
When should you feed and protect your lawn?
- Timing is everything when putting down fertilizer, especially when you’re putting down the chemical preventative such as crabgrass control or grub control.
- When using store bought granular “weed and feeds” it is best to apply these products when lawn is damp, such as occurs with morning dew.
- Do not put down weed control on your lawn in those hot days in July and August this may also damage the turf. These products need to be watered in within 72 hours of being put down. This is essential for them to work properly!
- Don’t trust the gauge on your mower deck use a tape measure and measure from the cutting blade to the cement floor in your garage to assure your cutting at 3 inches.
- Sharp blades on your mower are essential to make a clean-cut on the end of each blade. Dull blades rip the blades and promote fungus. So keep those blades sharpen.
- Avoid bagging if possible! Recycling grass clippings back into the lawn can help reduce dependency on chemical fertilizers.
- Watering your lawn deeply and infrequently will help promote adeeper root system
- If you cut the grass short you won’t have to cut it as often. The fact is the same amount of grass will grow back week to week whether cutting it at 1 inch or 3 inches.
- Watering your lawn every day will keep it green. In the short term this may be true but if your sprinkler system has a problem your lawn will suffer quickly due to a shallow root system.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll have Clean Green and Pristine lawn!
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