Although WE do our very best to achieve the desired results you want from your lawn and landscape, YOU as a responsible homeowner play a pivotal role to its success as well. The turf tips below are key factors that, if followed, will help improve the overall quality and health of your lawn and landscape.
Mowing your lawn at the proper height is critical to the overall health of the lawn. Mowing the lawn too short causes stress which leads to an increased risk for insect or disease damage. It also contributes to a shallow root system instead of one that is deep, healthy and fully established.
- St. Augustine 3”- 4” (4” is recommended)
- Bahia 3”- 4” (can be mowed lower if needed)
- Bermuda 2”- 4”
- Zoysia 2”- 4”
Always keep mower blades sharp. Dull blades tear the grass instead of cutting it evenly. This increase stress on the lawn and can also lead to insect and disease susceptibility.
Weekly mowing during the growing season is vital. It not only recycles the nutrients from the grass clippings, but allows the lawn to thicken up and become more dense. Not cutting the lawn frequently enough, increases the chances of insect and disease damage because of the stress the lawn endures when too much of the grass blade is cut off at one time.
Be familiar with your irrigation system. Learn the basics of how to operate it. Many of the chemicals we apply are to be watered in within 24 hours of the application. This is not a time frame we make up. Instead, it is straight from the product label. REMEMBER, Water restrictions do not apply after a lawn treatment has been done.
Routinely check or have your irrigation system checked. Make sure that each sprinkler head is spraying properly and is providing the appropriate coverage to the target area. When sprinklers are not working properly, especially during periods of prolonged drought conditions, damage to the lawn begins to occur. The damage begins gradually and progressively gets worse as no water is reaching the damaged area. These damaged areas are often thought to be insect damage and nothing is done. However, lack of water can do as much if not more damage than insects.
Set your watering times according to what you are watering. Problems can occur from either too much or not enough water to the target area. For example, shrubs do not require as much water as the lawn does. A shaded part of the lawn does not need as much water as a part that is open to direct sunlight.
Set your sprinklers according to the season. During the Summer months or the heart of the growing season, the lawn will require the most water. During the Winter months or times of dormancy, the lawn will require watering about once every 2 weeks. Over watering during the wrong time of the year can lead to disease.
Make sure to set your sprinklers to come on in the early morning. Dew is naturally present on the lawn in the early morning so the additional water from the sprinklers does not create a problem. Watering in the late evening or at night allows the water to sit on the lawn for an extended period of time. This can lead to disease problems.
Know the signs of drought stress:
- Areas of the lawn will have a gray or grayish-blue tint
- Grass blades in the affected area will be folded in half
- You can walk over the area and the grass stays matted down instead of springing back up