The best time to water is early in the morning, 4 AM- 10 AM. Watering in the evening can cause problems because the water sits there and can promote fungus. If you must water in the evening, try to do so between 4 PM – 6 PM. This should give the grass enough time to dry before nightfall.
Water a few days a week. Longer watering periods means deeper water penetration. The deeper the water goes, the deeper your roots have to grow to get the water. Watering a few minutes daily can cause shallow, unhealthy roots. If you’re busy like most people are, it might help to grab a timer that will control when your water turns on an shuts off.
Your lawn needs about 1″-1.5″ a week for best results. Be cautious that the water is absorbing into the soil and not running off. If you see puddles forming, try watering in shorter windows like 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, 15 minutes on. Some people will sit an empty tuna can in the lawn to help gauge how much more, or less to water.
Always keep your mower blades sharp! If you haven’t ever sharpened your blades, it probably time. If you have, one way to tell if your blades are still sharp is to look at the tips of the mowed grass. If it is a clean cut, your blades are sharp enough for now to continue mowing. If the tips are frayed and there is not definitive clean cut, it’s time to sharpen your mower blades. You can either take them off yourself and take them to a local mower shop for sharpening, or take your mower in for servicing.
Try to avoid cutting more than 1/3 of the blade off. This will help prevent shock to your grass and maintain its health and vigor. Don’t cut when the grass is wet to avoid clumping. This will also help prevent compaction which can smother grass roots over time.
There are many different types of weeds, as well as chemical treatments to control them. Most weeds can be eradicated quickly with a professional grade weed control. It can take up to 2-4 weeks for weeds to completely disappear, so keep this in mind in the spring months when weeds start to grow. Sometimes weeds look like they are dying, but pop back up a week or two later. If this happens, simply give us a call and we will come back to your lawn to assess the issues and take care of them on an as needed basis.
When Dandelion’s are starting to flower, you will sometimes notice a sea of yellow buds throughout your lawn. After a few weeks, the yellow turns to white. The white heads are actually hundreds of dandelion seeds, and as the wind blows or any type of foot traffic comes into contact with them is when the invasion begins. Dandelion seeds can blow up to several miles, so even if you or your neighbor doesn’t have them, a field nearby probably does. Not to worry though because all of our lawn care programs come with a liquid weed control that acts like a barrier, nothing gets in and nothing gets out. Our weed control will sterilize seeds, destroy the stalks and stems, all the way down to the root system. You should notice results a few days after a treatment, but remember to be patient as weeds won’t disappear overnight.
Aeration + Over-seeding
Aeration will help reduce the compaction of your soil by pulling 2″-3″ plugs from the soil. This process allows more oxygen, sunlight, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil, improving the overall health and density of your lawn. The whole premise of lawn care is the deeper and thicker your roots, the healthier your turf will be. It will absorb more water, and increase the thickness of your lawn. We recommend aerating in the fall when the majority of root growth takes place. You can aerate in the spring, but be aware that you can become vulnerable to weeds that could be lying dormant in your soil, or floating around in the wind.
We always recommend pairing an aeration with an over-seeding. Doing so will help thicken up any thin, or bare areas throughout your lawn. Our unique blends of seeds are also drought tolerant, and are more resistant to funguses and diseases. If you haven’t over-seeded in a while, or ever, fall is the perfect time to do so. The warm days and cool nights help new seeds germinate faster, and the aeration holes give new seeds the perfect place to anchor in and start to develop. Remember, try to keep new grass watered daily for the first few weeks. New seeds need to stay moist to optimize results. Don’t over water, or drown new grass seeds, and try to avoid any type of foot traffic. Disturbing grass that has already started it’s germination process will greatly reduce the probability for it to survive. Avoid mowing for a few weeks if at all possible. You will typically notice grass starting to pop after a week or so, so stick to the program we recommend and before you know it your grass will be thicker and healthier than ever!