Regular mowing and regular fertilization are probably the two best tips for a great looking lawn.
Your lawn should also get about 1" of water each week for optimum growth. Fortunately, our geographic location usually provides ideal growing conditions including adequate rainfall during the summer months. However, as sometimes happens, rains don't always fall at the right time and you may want to supplement your lawn with additional water.
There are 2 very important tips for mowing your: use a sharp blade and don't cut off any more than 1/3 of the grass blade.
The sharp mower blade insures that the grass plants are cut instead of being ripped off. In fact, this is a good way of determining whether your mower blade is sharp enough. A day or so after mowing take a close look at an individual grass blade. The cut edge should be a straight line. If the cut edge is ragged with what like tiny strings sticking out, your blade needs sharpened.
Leaf blade A demonstrates what a leaf blade should look like after mowing with a sharp blade.
Leaf blade B demonstrates a leaf blade that was injured by a dull mower blade.
Leaf blade C was cut by the mower but indicates that the mower blade is not sharp enough. The shredded white tissue protruding from the leaf blades C and D is the vascular tissue of the plant.
Leaf blade D has been mown for quite some time with a dull mower blade.
That ragged edge cut grass is an open wound where lawn diseases can enter the plant and cause serious damage to the individual turf plant, which in turn can spread from plant to plant.
Aerating your lawn is a way of reducing thatch buildup that can in some instances, become too thick and reduces the effectiveness of supplemental fertilization and water.
Reducing the thatch layer will benefit your soil and the microbes that live there. Depending on your lawn's condition, an annual aeration treatment will be extremely beneficial to maintaining a healthy, vigorous lawn.
Hi, I'm Don Zerby and I've been helping people have soft, thick grass since I was 13. That's longer than most of my competitors have even been around!