Lawn Tips

Regular mowing and regular fertilization are probably the two best tips for a great looking lawn.

Supplemental Watering

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.

  • Water early in the day if possible.
    Given a choice, water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to excessive evaporation, and at night due to potential increased chances of some diseases gaining a foothold. Early watering reduces the amount of evaporation that takes place, allowing more water to reach the root zone.
  • Spread the water uniformly across the lawn.
    Sprinklers vary in distribution patterns, and require spray overlap for uniform coverage. Placing coffee cans or similar straight-sided containers on the lawn can help measure water application rates. Avoid flooding areas, or missing other spots. On heavy soils and slopes, watch for excessive runoff; it may be necessary to apply the water in several applications to allow for adequate penetration.
  • Water conservation.
    To help conserve water, mow your lawn at a higher than normal height, limit traffic over the lawn, improve turf rooting, control thatch and soil compaction. Don't allow water to hit the driveway or into the street. This is just wasteful.
  • Avoid over watering
    Use a rain gauge to measure how much water you're applying. Over watering makes plants prone to pests and adds to storm water runoff, which pollutes our water systems. By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements.
  • Monitor rainfall
    Don't water the lawn if rains are expected soon. Keep track of rainfall for the week. Don't apply more water to the lawn than what is absolutely necessary. The guide of about 1" of water per week is a guide.


Mowing Tips

Mowing tips

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.

Mown Grass Blades

  • 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.

What difference does it make?

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.

Also see "Safe Mowing Tips" >>


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!


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