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Watering & Mowing Tips

The secret to a healthy, beautiful lawn is regular watering and mowing. By watering and mowing your lawn on a consistent basis, you not only maintain your home's curb appeal but also ensure the health of your grass. Read below to learn more about regular lawn watering and mowing tips on how to properly water and mow your grass so you can maintain a well-manicured lawn all year long:


WATERING

Quantity-Lawns should receive approximately 1" to 1 1/2" of water per week. Deep watering to a depth of 6" is recommended. Watering that only dampens the grass can harm your lawn.

Best Time- Watering your lawn in the early morning is the best. When you water in the middle of the day, a lot of water is wasted due to evaporation. Watering in the evening invites fungus into your lawn.

Signs of Lack of Water- The grass turns a silvery blue in areas and will turn brown if not watered soon. If footprints clearly remain in the lawn, this is another indicator that water is needed.

Other Watering Tips-Give special attention to hot spots in your lawn that dry out quickly.
Allow the soil to completely dry before watering again. This will help reduce the risk of lawn fungus.
Splitting your normal watering duration into two watering cycles one hour apart will reduce water runoff and waste.

MOWING

How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

Usually mowing once a week is sufficient. However, when lawns grow more rapidly, you may need to mow more often to avoid cutting off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blades.

How High Should I Mow?

Using one of the higher settings on your mower will give the best results. You should never cut off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blades in a single mowing. This ensures that you don't scalp the lawn.

Recommended Mowing Heights:

  • Fescue, 1 1/2" - 2 1/2"
  • Bluegrass, 1 1/2" - 2 1/2"
  • Ryegrass, 1 1/2" - 2 1/2"
  • Bermuda, 1/2" - 2"
Freshly Mowed Lawn

Other Tips

Keeping the mower blade is very important. A dull blade tears the end of the grass blades, causing it to turn brown later. This type of grass blade damage contributes to the spread of fungus.

Mow in a different direction each time you mow to avoid ruts in the lawn. This also prevents the grass from leaning to one direction.

Avoid mowing your lawn while it's wet, as this can invite fungus into your yard. It can also give your lawn an uneven cut.


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