Sunday, June 3, 2012

Lawn Care for the Month of June

Summer is just around the corner and it’s time for the next phase of lawn care.

Any seeding should be completed by now. If not, you only have a few more days remaining. If you have just put down new seed, wait before using any type of weed and feed for a minimum of two weeks. Also, only sprinkle with water lightly if necessary. Otherwise, you run the risk of washing the new seeds away.

Now that we have any reseeding completed and are ready to go, let’s talk about lawn care. You should never cut your lawn below 3 inches. 3” – 4” is ideal. Cutting shorter will stress your lawn and may cause burning from the intense afternoon sun. Watering in the afternoon sun will also cause burning.

What to do with clippings after mowing?

Clippings are very IMPORTANT and should be REMAIN on your lawn. They hold in moisture and protect the grass from too much sun. Think of it as SPF for your lawn. The only time to never leave clippings in your yard is it if it is diseased or unhealthy. This is prevents further infection to healthy areas. If you have a lot of weeds, it is okay to still leave the clippings. You only need to follow up with some weed-n-feed from your local hardware or garden store.

Should I cut my grass if it is too wet?

It doesn’t hurt your grass to cut when wet and should definitely be done if your grass is getting too tall. The only problem is it will cause clumping as you mow which may require a little extra effort on your part. If the grass is still within 3 – 6 inches, you can wait until it is has dried out a little bit.

How often should I mow my lawn?

You should always cut your grass about every two weeks. It all depends on the rate of growth. If your grass gets too long, mowing will strain your lawn and make it susceptible to disease and open it up for ample opportunity for weeds to start overtaking the area.

To keep your lawn looking healthy, keep your mower blade sharp following these steps and occasionally gently raking over your lawn to loosen the top layer of soil a little. This enhances root growth – making for a beautiful lawn. Make sure your lawn gets an average of 1 inch of water a week. This may vary depending on the type of grass. Watering in the morning or evening is okay, but NEVER water in the middle of the day. You will only damage the lawn you have worked so hard to create.

1 comment:

  1. I did these exact steps last year in my lawn... It looks great!