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Lawn Care 101 – Supplementing Your Lawn Care Program

Supplementing Your Lawn Care Program


Is your lawn getting enough attention? Even as a full program Weed Man customer, your lawn is going to need a little bit of additional TLC. Find out what you need to be doing to help supplement our fertilizer and weed control treatments with these tips from Weed Man.

Watering

One of the biggest challenges that homeowners face when it comes to their lawns is watering. Questions such as “how much should I water?” and “how long do I need to water for?” are common during lawn care season, particularly when the hot, dry months of July and August leave neighborhood lawns looking a little worse for wear.  

There’s no denying that your lawn needs water to survive. Too much moisture, however, can lead to unwanted turf diseases and create difficult, costly problems that may require extensive renovation. Watering at the wrong time of day can also leave your lawn more vulnerable to turf-damaging fungi. So how do you find a balance? 

Watering Tips from Weed Man

Weed Man has created a handy profile with the “Dos & Don’ts” of watering. Please note that this is only a guideline; more specific instructions catered to your local climate and turfgrass type can be found by contacting your neighborhood Weed Man Lawn Care professional.  
 
Do

Don’t
 
 
Water your lawn in a deep, even soak to encourage a healthy root system. The “shower” setting on the nozzle of your hose mimics rainfall patterns and should do the trick.
 
Wet your lawn with several light sprinklings. Spotty sprinklers are not recommended.
Water your lawn in the early morning while the air is still cool.  
Water in the afternoon or evening. Afternoon watering causes water to evaporate too quickly, while evening watering promotes extended leaf wetness and the spread of disease.
 
 
Water your lawn when it needs it. Pay attention to factors such as temperature, sunlight and natural precipitation patterns in your area. Lawns generally require about 1-1.5 inches of water per week to thrive.
 
Water for the sake of watering. Overwatering is detrimental to your lawn’s health and can contribute to the development of fungus and disease.
 
Position your irrigation system so that water reaches your grass.
 
Point your sprinkler system at the road, fence, driveway or neighbor’s yard.
 
Pay close attention to any changes in your lawn’s appearance. When your grass needs water, it will take on a bluish-gray tint. Footprints will also make a more visible mark on the lawn. When this occurs, water immediately regardless of the time of day. 
 
Ignore changes in color, consistency or thickness of your lawn. 

Mowing

Mowing your lawn isn’t about simply boosting the curb appeal of your home (although a well-groomed lawn is certainly a bonus!). In fact, regular and proper mowing practices actually aid in the health and vitality of the lawn. More often than not, homeowners develop poor cultural care habits that can potentially damage turf grasses of all varieties. 

Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Mow:

A properly mowed lawn is thicker, healthier and better able to withstand stresses like weeds, insects and diseases. Lawns should be mowed regularly, at the proper height and with a sharp mower blade for a clean cut and in order to establish deep roots for your lawn to look its very best. To put it in perspective, imagine that the root system of a grass plant grows proportionately to the blades above the ground. With this in mind, a longer cutting height will result in a stronger, deeper root system. 

During the spring and summer seasons, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your lawn, as it may require mowing more than once a week during peak growth season. However, during periods of slow growth it may only need to be cut once every 10-14 days.

Turf-Friendly Mowing Tips

Want a stronger, greener, healthier lawn? Who doesn’t! Keep your lawn in top form by following these simple hard and fast rules:
 
  • Mow more often (every 3-4 days) during active growing periods.
  • Alter your mowing patterns each time you cut to keep your grass growing strong and straight.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp for a clean cut.
  • Grasscycle your blades back into your lawn for nutritional value.
  • Mow your lawn when it’s dry to avoid slips and falls and to maintain a sharper cut.
  • Never cut more than 1/3 of a blade of grass in one mowing.
Calculate your mower blade height by measuring the distance between the ground and the base of your lawn mower.
 
Grass Type Mowing Height (in.)
Kentucky bluegrass 2.5-3.5
Bermuda 1.5-2.5
Tall fescue 2.5-4.0
St. Augustine 2.5-4.0
Zoysia 0.75-2.5

Grasscycling – Don’t Throw Away Those Clippings!

Before you rake and bag those clippings, consider participating in grasscycling – a process that involves returning grass clippings to the lawn during mowing. This environmentally beneficial practice allows clippings to decompose naturally on the lawn, adding valuable nutrients back into the soil. For best results, Weed Man recommends using a mulching mower, as this will promote a more uniform distribution of grass clippings and quicker decomposition of the recycled grass plants. Never let clippings lay bunched on the grass. 

If you have any questions about proper mowing or watering techniques, we’d love to help! Call Weed Man today at (209) 394-4300 for cultural care advice specific to your property. 
 
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