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Spring and summer are the growing seasons for grasses. Keeping a regular schedule for mowing during these months is important to maintaining the right balance. If you mow too short, you can over-stress the grass and impede growth. It is best to mow frequently enough to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time, to voice unnecessary ripping and stress.
Grasses grow slowly in the winter but it’s still necessary to mow as needed. We recommend keeping the mow height between 3-4 inches, which allows the root strength to remain strong. At this height, roots avoid unnecessary stress, keeping the grass resilient.
Avoid mowing when too wet to prevent damage.
Mulching provides much-needed nutrients in the soil and keeps moisture in the soil. If you mow frequently, the grass clippings can be mulched instead of bagged. Not only does this save money and labor, but it also turns recycled organic matter into a beneficial nutrient source for your grass. Avoid mulching grass clippings if you’ve gone too long between mowing so that you don’t end up with clumps in spots on the lawn.
Mulching will help minimized the chance of color fade throughout the year.
Watering is critical year-round, especially during hotter and dryer months. As the temperature starts to cool down in the fall, reduce the watering schedule to avoid overwatering. If the grass is overwatered, it can damage and drown the roots. You can also end up with yellow or bare patches on the lawn.
Keep in mind, watering at night can lead to frost damage during the cooler months. We recommend watering the lawn between 2-6 am. It’s best to finish watering before the sun comes up. Lawns can become stressed during winter droughts, so water every 1-2 days if it’s been a week without any rain.
Evening watering, leaving excess water on the lawns at night, can contribute to diseases, especially when warmer at night. Total watering times will vary, depending on sprinkler system, coverage, water pressure, shaded areas, slopes, etc… it will be your job to monitor the lawns and make adjustments as needed, but this is a good starting point:
Proper maintenance is essential for a beautiful lawn, and it can’t be neglected in any season. Whether it’s warm or cool, lawns need to be properly mowed, mulched, and watered. By following these seasonal lawn care tips, you’ll be able to maintain healthy grass growth all year.