In-Between Visits TIPS: How you can help!
The most important SECRET to a beautiful lawn, next to our LawnSavers Premium blended Nutrient Fertilizers, Regular Aeration & Overseeding, is proper maintenance! With increasing regulation surrounding the types of products that can be used on lawns, a homeowner needs to know that they can still have a beautiful Green & Healthy lawn, but they may have to accept a few minor imperfections, and the odd weed or two.
The key to proper maintenance and achieving a well balanced, healthy lawn, is knowing how to water and mow your lawn CONSISTENTLY! This is what gives you a thick and sustainable lawn without the need for chemicals.
Watering your lawn!
- Be sure to Water for 1.5-2 hours once a week on each part of your lawn! Watering everyday can cause more harm than good as roots are not encouraged to grow more deeply in the soil, and air is prevented from reaching the root zone.
- Watering should ideally be done in the morning before 10 a.m. Evenings are second best before 6 or 7 p.m. NEVER water during the day, it wastes water through evaporation and can stress the lawn. (TIP: Ask us about the next best thing to our in-ground irrigation systems)
- Once we have applied our special formulation of premium slow-release organic based granular lawn fertilizer, please water your lawn. This is essential for quicker green up.
- For optimum results water your lawn immediately following a corn gluten crabgrass management application and then make sure it dries for 2 days.
- For Nematode Grub Management, it is best to keep your lawn moist ahead of time, water them in immediately after application and keep the lawn moist for at least 2 weeks after application. This allows the Nematodes to ‘swim’ through the soil seeking out grubs to infect and kill.
- During a drought, you need to water consistently or not water at all. Regular watering will prevent the lawn from going into dormancy. However, inconsistent water will further stress your lawn. Don’t leave your lawn unwatered for more than 20 consecutive days or you will suffer turf loss.
- Limit activity on a dry lawn to minimize further damage. Try the FOOTPRINT test: If you step on your lawn and your footprint does not spring back immediately, then your lawn is too dry.
- Before & After our nematode Grub Control application, it is essential to water your lawn deeply both before and after (within the earliest time frame possible) so that the organisms can swim down into the root zone where grub activity takes place. Nematodes require lots of water. Water every couple of days to ensure viability of the Nematode population.
Mowing your lawn!
- Mow your lawn every 5-7 days. You should never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade off at any time to avoid shocking the grass plant. Keep your lawn around 2.5”-3” long. This will help crowd out weeds. Return clippings to the lawn in order to nutrients to your soil. See this article to see how short you should cut your grass before winter.
- Keep your mower blade sharp. (Sharpen your home mower blade at least twice a year for best results)
- Mow only when the grass is dry in order to avoid ripping grass blades, slipping and falling, and clumping of grass.
- Ideally, do not cut your lawn for at least 24 hours after our Fiesta® weed control, or surface insect control is applied in order to maximize effectiveness.
- Keep grass longer during the heat of summer to protect the roots and retain moisture. (minimum 3 inches)
Newly Sodded Lawns
If your lawn has just been sodded, this is a crucial time to follow some important rules in order to establish a thick, deep-rooted and more drought and pest resistant lawn for the future!
The most important thing you can do is water frequently and stay off the lawn! (for newly sodded or seeded lawns)
- Water every morning and night for the first two weeks in order to prevent the sod from drying out and to create a moist environment for the sod to start it’s growth process. Water for at least 1 hour in each area during this time.
- Limit traffic on the lawn to reduce a “bumpy feeling” later. The soil underneath will be very soft during this time. NEVER roll your lawn! Lawn rolling kills lawns. the only rolling that should ever be done is by sod layers, however, their roller is light weight and meant only to eliminate air pockets on freshly laid sod in order to prevent drying of the sod.
- Cut back water after 1-2 weeks to once a day for at least 1 hour in each area.
- After 2 weeks cut back watering to every second day but increase the quantity to 1.5-2 hours in each area.
- Cut the lawn on your highest mower setting for the first few mowing’s and try to let the lawn dry out for a day or two before mowing to reduce “impressions” in the soil from the weight of the lawn mower and foot traffic.
- Continue proper watering and mowing as outlined in the procedures for an established lawn above.
- Begin fertilizing with LawnSavers ‘specially formulated fertilizer for new lawns’ after one month!