Practices



Homeowner Cultural Practices


Our program are enhanced when homeowners understand the importance of proper mowing and watering.

Mowing the Lawn

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The single most popular act in lawn care is mowing the lawn. As popular as it is though, it is not often done correctly. Safety is extremely important. Mowing at the right height and frequency can have a dramatic effect of the health and vigor of the lawn.



Watering

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Whether it's rain, hose, or sprinkler, grass will get water one way of the other. Overwatering is just as bad as under-watering, they both waste the water and can cause weakened turf. A high maintenance lawn needs lots of additional water as well as other inputs like frequent fertilizing and pesticides, while a low maintenance lawn can survive extended periods without rain or supplemental water.



Requirements

The water requirements of a lawn can vary depending on grass species, soil texture, climate and desired level of aesthetics and maintenance. Turf generally needs about one inch of water a week during the growing season to stay green and actively growing. Drought resistant varieties of cool season grasses are available and many warm season grasses can survive with much less than one inch of water per week. As a rule, the healthiest turf is on the thirsty side which encourages root growth as they seek moisture deeper in the ground.



Frequency

Water should be applied deep and infrequently to simulate natural weather patterns. Long intervals between watering encourage the grass to develop deep, strong root systems which results in increased drought tolerance. Shallow and frequent waterings lead to shallow-rooted grass and a weaker overall plant. One or two deep waterings per week are better than watering a little every day.



Timing

The ideal time to water the grass is in the hours between 3:00 AM and 6:00 AM. If this can't be done, water as early as possible before the heat of the day. Watering in the evening is acceptable as a last resort, but this can lead to conditions which promote disease. Watering in the middle of the day will cool the turf, but most of the water will be lost to evaporation.



Local Conditions

At each property we service there are other factors that affect lawn health

  • Shade from trees and along north side of houses and fences affects lawn growth
  • Exposure to sunlight and surface water drainage affect lawn health
  • Fences or hedges may restrict air movement that affects lawn growth
  • "Hot spots" along sidewalks and streets dry out and are prone to summer stress.





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