Believe it or not, a healthy lawn requires more than just "cuttin' the grass".
Below are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from our clientel.
When should I water?
Water when the grass is dry...morning, noon, or night. Realistically, early mornings are the best, the grass will have the best chance of drying quickly (reduces chance of disease invasion), and since there will be minimal water lost to evaporation. However, if noon arrives and the grass has turned dry, better water then. Waiting could cause serious damage.
How much should I water?
Water when the grass is dry...morning, noon, or night. Realistically, early mornings are the best because the grass will have the best chance of drying quickly (reduces chance of disease invasion), and there will be minimal water lost to evaporation. However, if noon arrives and the grass has turned dry, water as quickly as possible based on the laws in your city. Waiting could cause serious damage.
How often should I fertilize?
Four annual fertilizations are recommended: late March, late May, mid-to-late July, and mid-September. This will yield a yard as lush and green.
What are the benefits of mulching?
Mulch preserves moisture, eliminates weeds and keeps the soil surface cooler which benefits earthworms, microorganisms and plant roots. The best mulch in the world is shredded native tree trimmings from local trees. Shredded hardwood bark is the second best mulch, partially completed compost is next. Pine bark is the worst choice. It breaks down into a mucky material, if it stays in place - a rarity; it usually washes and blows out. Nature doesn't allow bare soil and neither should we. 2-4 inches of mulch is recommended in all bed / bold earth areas.
Should I scalp my lawn in the spring?
Serious lawn care professionals no longer recommend this practice. The antiquated procedure of scalping, bagging the clipping, placing them at the curb to be taken to the landfill is a waste of time, a waste of money and poor horticulture on any home yard. Scalping also removes valuable organic matter, which is the best fertilizer of all. As an alternative, we recommend your first mowing be done at its regular height and bagging as a winter clean up. This removes the top layer of dead winter debris while leaving lower level organic material. We then mow with a mulching mower for the remainder of the season (not bagging it).