Tips & Frequently Asked Questions
Hiring a professional organic lawn care and landscaping company like Pleasant Green Grass is a great way to get a hassle free lawn. We have found that some of our customers choose to take care of the weekly maintenance themselves and offer these tips!
How often should I Mow? Mow often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is being removed. Cutting off too much of the blade puts a lot of stress on the grass. When the grass is stressed it is more susceptible to disease and pest problems.Cut no shorter than 3 inches in the spring and 3+ inches in the summer. (The highest setting on many mowers is 3 inches). Cutting shorter than this causes the grass plant to use carbohydrates from the root reserves to initiate new growth, directly affecting the ability of the turf to obtain water and nutrients. Mowing at the correct height will prevent diseases, help the grass retain water and promote the roots to grow deeper. The taller the grass blade, the more surface area there is which allows more complete photosynthesis. Tall blades also shade the soil surface, depriving weeds of sunlight and preventing them from growing.
When is the best time to mow? Mow when your grass is completely dry. Mowing when the grass is wet can spread disease-causing organisms from infected healthy leaves more rapidly. Mowing the grass and then watering it right after can have the same negative effects. If possible, wait 24 hours after you mow before you water.
Should I bag my clippings? If you are only cutting a 1/3 of the blade off then don’t bag your clippings. Lawn clippings are very beneficial to a healthy nutrient cycle. Mulching adds vital nutrients and water back to the soil without causing thatch buildup.
- Try to change the direction you cut every week. For example: cut up and down one week, back and forth the next week and then diagonal the next. This will help reduce soil compaction and stress on your lawn.
- Sharpen mower blades. A dull mower blade will rip the grass instead of cutting it. This will leave a very noticeable white tip on the grass blade taking away from the aesthetic appearance of your lawn. A ripped blade will also take longer to heal leaving the grass more susceptible to disease.
When is the best time to water my lawn? It is best to water early in the morning as it mimics the natural moisture grass gets from dew. Early watering will also allow the grass time to dry during the day discouraging disease and fungus. Adding our Water Saver will help reduce watering needs and conserve water. However, if watering early in the morning is not possible, water late at night instead.
When should I water? Water deeply and infrequently. The idea is to let water get down to the root zone (6-8 inches) and then let the soil dry out before watering again. This will encourage the roots to dig deep and the deeper the roots are the healthier the grass will be. Watering too frequently or shallow will cause a shallow root system.
We will provide you with any tips that we can in order to help you choose environmentally friendly and non-toxic lawn care choices.