Take the guess work out of caring for your yard and check out these frequently asked questions. Still have a question? Be sure to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
When should I water my yard?
Early in the morning is the ideal time to water for most lawns. There is less wind, less hot sun, and your lawn has a full day to dry. Watering in the late evening invites mildew and fungus. In the hot afternoon, much of your water can be lost to wind and evaporation. You want deep, infrequent watering that get into the root zone. That means at least half an inch twice a week, or an inch once a week.
Should I bag the grass?
Leaving the clippings will return valuable nutrients to your lawn. The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it regularly, and grass clippings contain the same beneficial nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium nutrients as fertilizer.
How do I water freshly planted grass seed?
You want to water twice a day for about 15 minutes each time until the majority of the seed has sprouted (approximately 1- 2 weeks). The goal is to moisten the soil but not to the point where you have standing water or run-off, then not to let it dry out completely between watering. After the seed has sprouted you can back it down to once a day for one more week. After the third week every two days at 15-20 minutes should be enough water. You may mow when the new grass has reached 3 inches. Be sure to let the lawn dry out a bit before you mow and water after if needed as to not cause any unnecessary compaction.
How short should I cut my grass?
When deciding on the correct height to cut your grass, it is important to also remember the “one-third” rule: never remove more than one-third of the grass height at one time. By doing so, the lawn is kept cooler because less plant tissue is removed. In fact, cool season grass types actually benefit in the heat of the summer by setting the blade higher. If a lawn is normally cut at 2.5 inches, for example, increasing it to 3 inches in the heat of summer will come with many benefits.
How should I care for a seasonal mulch bed?
If you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, there is one easy thing you can do to ensure your mulch maintains longevity. As we all know the power of the sun’s rays can really fade out once very vibrant colors. Mulch is no different. A couple times a month you “turn” your mulch. This is a very simple process that will only take a few minutes per bed and will make your home look like it was freshly mulched once again. Simply take a leaf rake out to your existing mulch beds and lightly rough up the mulch, this will turn what is on top and bring some up from the bottom that has yet to see the sun. You’ll be left with a rich color similar to when it was first applied to your landscape design.