All States Lawn Care & Lawn Watering Guide
Watering your lawn: best practices.
We want all of our customers to have the absolute best and greenest lawns, but lawn fertilizer isn’t enough on it’s own. Without proper watering and care, lawns will still lose their luster. We’ve put together a guide to help our customers learn how to water their lawns and get the most out of their yard. Here are some simple steps to take when watering your lawn to ensure that it stays green all season long.
Watering Frequency – As a general rule of thumb, lawns need water every two to three days. This may be different if you have a special kind of grass or if your lawn is planted on sandy soil, in which case watering may need to be even more frequent. Watering frequency changes depending on what time of the year it is. In spring and early summer, rain is more frequent and the climate is cooler, meaning that less watering frequency is required. During the summer months when the climate is dry and there is little rainfall, watering times must be increased. Then, as the weather gets colder again in fall, reduce watering frequency.
Watering Length & Time – Generally, the best time to water your lawn is early morning before sunrise, or late in the evening after sunset. This reduces the amount of water that is evaporated by the sun and it allows the water to sink deeper into the soil. Lawns usually need about 30 – 40 minutes of watering time, as with frequency, this time varies throughout the year. During spring and fall, less watering time is required, and during summer months more watering time is needed.
Check your sprinklers – Often times, sprinklers may not be watering your lawn evenly and this can result in dry spots. If you don’t have a rain gauge available, simply place a few small containers around your lawn. After watering, they should all have the same amount of water in them, if they don’t, then your sprinklers need to be adjusted. Uneven watering can cause damage to the parts of your lawn that are not getting the same amount of water as the other parts.
Mowing your lawn: best practices.
Mowing is an important part of proper lawn care, it not only helps keep your grass looking neat and tidy, it can also help your lawn be healthy if done correctly.
Mowing Height – It’s often best to mow your lawn at the highest possible setting, you never want to remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade. The grass needs wide, long blades in order to photosynthesize and stay healthy. Keep the length of your lawn at about 3.5″ for best results.
Mulching & Sharpness – Leave the grass clippings that are left behind on your lawn, their shouldn’t be too many of them if you don’t overdo it. The clippings will act as a mulch that will help your soil retain water and keep the ground temperature cooler. It’s also important to mow with a nicely sharpened blade, a clean cut will help your grass look nice and even. Dull blades tug and tear at the grass causing damage and browning.