We get asked many questions about lawn care. Here are a few of the ones we get asked more than others.
How high should I mow my lawn?
It is best to raise your mower blades to the highest setting or at least 3 inches for optimal turf health and moisture retention.
How long before or after fertilization should I wait to mow my lawn?
In a perfect scenario, 24 – 48 hours before or after fertilization is ideal.
When is the best time to mow my lawn?
We recommend mowing out of direct sunlight and only when the lawn is completely dry.
When is the best time to water my lawn?
The best time is early to mid-morning, before the sun is too hot or early evening, before the sun goes completely down.
How do I know when my lawn really needs watering?
During times of dryness or drought, your lawn is perfectly safe going dormant and turning a light tan or brown color, but if it turns dark brown it requires immediate care.
Are the needles that fall off the trees bad for the lawn?
It is true that lawn areas tend not to thrive where spruce and pine trees drop abundant needles. Extensive research has taken place to see if it is the result of needles leeching acidity into the soil. Results show that needles do not change the PH of the soil. It seems a combination of factors prevent needle dropping evergreens and lawns from living in harmony. Moisture and nutrition are one factor. The trees themselves require quite a bit of food and moisture to survive, which they absorb away from the turf. When there is a shortage of either, the trees needs come first. Additionally, fallen needles that lay and decompose create a lack of air and sunlight which can suffocate the turf. Decomposing needles can also create a moist breeding ground for fungi and bacteria to grow causing diseases that can further weaken turf or prevent new growth from becoming established. Even the most hardy turf can’t survive without food, water, air and sunlight. It is best to let turf and needle dropping trees grow without bothering each other. Creating a border between the turf and the tree is ideal. This way the needles can compost and become mulch under the tree where they belong, and turf can continue to grow on the outside of the border without as much competition. Remember, where ever tree root structures reach there will be more demand for water and nutrition. Adequate water and fertilizer are always a factor that will benefit both species.
For more information….see our lawn mowing tips on our Seasonal Tips page