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Basic Lawn Care FAQs


How often should I water my lawn?
An established lawn needs one inch of water per week in 2-3 applications a week. Therefore, if you water twice a week, one half inch needs to be applied each time. To find how long you need to run the sprinkler, put a small container on your lawn, turn on the sprinkler.  After a period of time turn off the sprinkler and measure amount of water in container. That will give you the amount applied and length of time needed. Water in the early morning is best for the lawn.

When should I mow?
Your lawn should be mowed around 3 inches high. How often will vary depending on time of year along with how much watering and fertilizing is being done. Use the 1/3 rule for mowing. If maintaining turf at 3 inches, mow before the grass is 4 ½ inches tall. Mowing when needed is better for the lawn then on a set schedule. Good mowing practices reduce weeds and encourage tillering and improve turf density.

When is the best time to control weeds in my lawn?
Chemical weed control needs to be applied when weeds are actively growing. Fall is the best time for weed control. Do not spray weeds on newly seeded lawns until it has been mowed at least 4 times.

Why is my lawn turning white?
Your lawn could have a disease called Powdery Mildew. The turf will have a white to light gray appearance. Powdery mildew is rarely responsible for damaging turf.

When and how should I fertilize?
A slow release fertilizer is best for the lawn. A slow release fertilizer will feed the lawn for 6 weeks or more. When to fertilize depends on how much time and maintenance you want to put into your lawn. You could fertilize every 6 weeks, or 4 times a year with the holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Halloween). If you only do one fertilize application, at least do the fall application because that is the best for the lawn.

How do I eliminate barnyard grass?
Barnyard grass is an annual grass weed most commonly found in newly established turf. Barnyard grass tends to be more prevalent when turf is newly seeded during the hot conditions of summer. It grows faster than the desirable grasses that need cooler temperatures to germinate.

Fortunately, coarse Barnyard grass will be killed by the first frost in Fall. The coarse brown grass decomposes in the Spring and the desirable thin bladed grasses fill in the areas with Spring rains and an application of slow release fertilizer. You can also apply a pre-emergent product the following Spring which will prevent the germination of more barnyard grass seedlings.

Why do my shoes turn orange when I walk on my lawn?
Your lawn has a disease called rust. Rust is common on newly seeded lawns. The fungus is strictly foliar and does not kill the turfgrass.

What height should I mow my lawn?
Your lawn should be mowed around 3 inches high. Use the 1/3 rule for mowing. If maintaining a turf at 3 inches high, mow before the grass is 4 1/2 inches tall.

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