Practicing smart lawn care is more than cutting your lawn. Maintaining a form of lawn care habits that are beneficial to the environment as well as your lawn, leads to a healthier and greener lawn. Sustainable lawn care includes utilizing proper fertilizers, saving energy, and properly using lawn clippings. Below are best practices to deliver a healthy green beautiful lawn.
Clippings are a great benefit because they contain valuable nutrients that can be recycled back into the soil. We may suggest collecting your clippings in certain situations where the lawn may have a disease or it has grown too long. Clippings are nutrient rich and made mostly from water; they will not significantly contribute to excessive thatch build-up. Excessive thatch build-up from other organic sources can increase the stress levels of your lawn making it more susceptible to insects and lawn disease as well as inhibiting proper root development. If the thatch level on your lawn exceeds 1/2", Spring-Green recommends Core Aeration.
Whether establishing a new lawn or just reseeding thin or bare spots, best results are generally achieved in spring or fall when temperatures are moderate. Seeding in spring can delay or prevent your spring treatment containing pre-emergent crabgrass control.
Proper watering is one of the most important cultural practices you can provide. Most lawns will require at least one inch of water per week to encourage proper color, density and overall health. Typically, watering one day a week, 1 hour per area in the early morning will encourage deeper root development and discourage disease development. When watering, you must consider the method and the amount of water applied. Most home lawns will require at least one inch of water per week.
Mowing properly will greatly increase the health and beauty of your lawn. If your lawn has Tall Fescue, you should mow it at 3 1/2" to 4". For Bermuda and Zoysia grass, mow between 3/4" to 2". Longer grass blades will shade the ground beneath, keeping it cooler and moist for a longer time. Alternate your pattern of mowing each time to ensure a more even cut. Keep the mower blade sharp! https://youtu.be/9V_clvJH-v8