Landscape Tips and Advice

The Art of Mowing Your Lawn

You may love mowing your lawn, you may dread mowing your lawn, or you may have someone else mow your lawn. In any case, there is an art and a science to a healthy lawn.

  • Cut, not tear. Mower blades must be sharp or instead of cutting your lawn you will be tearing your lawn. If your leaf blades have brown tips 2-3 days after you mow, could be your mower blades need to be sharpened.
  • Rule of thirds. Mow your lawn at least every 7 days in the growing season. Never mow more than one-third of the grass leaf at a time.
  • To catch or not to catch? If you are mowing at the correct height every 7 days, you do not need to catch your grass clippings. Clippings contain beneficial nutrients for your lawn and do not build harmful thatch.
  • Change directions. Change your mowing direction each time you mow. This ensures a more even cut and grass blades will be less likely to develop into a set pattern.
  • Height matters. Mowing height is extremely important. Know your grass type and mow at the correct height, depending on the time of the year.
    • Bermuda (Warm Season Turf)
      • As a rule, mow at .5 “- 2.0”
      • Start low in late April after last frost date and gradually raise the height as the summer progresses.
      • By late September to early October, maintain a mowing height of 1.5”-2.0” to help insulate your warm season lawn from the cold weather.
    • Centipede
      • As a rule, mow at 1.25”-1.5”
      • Start low in late April after last frost date and gradually raise the height as the summer progresses.
      • By late September to early October, maintain a mowing height of 1.5” to help insulate your warm season lawn from the cold weather.
    • Fescue (Cool Season Turf)
      • As a rule, mow at 3.0” to 3.5”
      • During cool weather (spring-fall- winter) mow at 3.” During the hot summer months, maintain 3.5.”
    • Zoysia (Warm Season Turf)
      • As a rule, mow at 1.5” to 2.5” depending on type of Zoysia
      • Start low in late April after last frost date and gradually raise the height as the summer progresses.
      • By late September to early October, maintain a mowing height of 1.5”-2.5” to help insulate your warm season lawn from the cold weather.

 

Watering Tips

Before Watering:

  • Check the current water restrictions for your area at www.georgiadrought.org and always adhere to those rules.
  • Check your soil moisture to ensure that water is needed. Overwatering is expensive, both in higher water bills and the risk of lawn disease.

Water Early:

  • The best time to water is early in the morning, between 4:00 am and 10:00 am, when temperatures are cooler.
  • Watering early allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing disease and water waste due to evaporation during the heat of the day.

How much water:

  • Your objective is to keep the top 6” of your soil moist; most lawns require 1.0”-1.5” of water per week during the growing season.

Deep root water tip:

  • Instead of watering every other day to achieve the needed 1.0”-1.5,” water 2-3 days in a row, then don’t water the next 4-5 days. This provides deep root watering and allows your soil pores to open for oxygen.
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