Pick What Fit Your Home
Pick What Fit Your Home
When is the Best Time to Water Your Lawn?
The best time to water lawn is in the early morning. Watering in the morning is best because this allows the water to trickle deep into the soil and allows the leaves of the grass plant to dry before the water evaporates as it gets warmer in the day. If you cant water in the morning the night time is OK just try to do it earlier! (better to water than not water at all).
How Many Times a Week Should You Water Your Lawn?
You need to water at least once a week for at least an hour, this generally provides 1″ of water to the roots (a tuna can height) (exceptions: 1. when you seed & 2. if you have an automated system).
Why Do You Need to Water Your Lawn?
The deeper the roots- the less often you will need to water- and a healthier lawn withstands drought. Deep watering encourages deeper roots as they grow deeper into the soil to search for water. Deep roots enjoy the lower soil temperatures during the heat of the summer and less fluctuations in moisture levels and temperature.
How Much Water Do You Use When You Water Your Lawn?
All lawn areas require 1”- 1.5″ per week. This is best done in one to two watering’s per week depending on your soil type. The trick here is to water deeply so that the roots grow down deeper into the soil to chase the water, thereby leaving more soil above them to protect them during periods of dryness and excessive heat. (Sandy soils drain quicker, therefore must be watered more frequently.)
Use a timer
Hose end or hose-bib timers are available at major retail hardware stores and allow you to water your lawn while not at home. Simply attach to your tap before you attach your hose. When you leave in the morning, set your sprinkler out at the desired location, turn the timer on to 60-120 minutes and leave for the day. You can rest assured that the lawn will get the water it needs and you don’t have to remember to shut it off.
Here are the facts for lawns in the Greater Toronto Area (and similar growing districts with cool-season grass varieties)
This one is easy- 2.5 – 3 inches in the spring (May-June and fall (September-November) and 3 inches in the hotter and drier summer periods. Contrary to popular belief- If you cut the lawn shorter it doesn’t make it grow at a slower rate. (just like your hair). For mowing tips after OverSeeding click here .
Proper height also prevents moisture loss through evaporation so it doesn’t dry out too quickly, and keeps the root system cooler. The taller the grass the deeper the roots.
THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO ACHIEVE GREAT RESULTS! The easiest way to do your part for a healthy lawn is to mow your lawn frequently. Golf Courses know this, and their lawns are super thick and lush. As a general rule you should mow your lawn every 5-7 days..
HOWEVER, when the lawn is growing fast- you should mow 2X per week. (May-June / September-October)
Now we understand it SEEMS hard to do. But please consider this, when you mow more frequently, you’ll achievve the following benefits:
- Stimulates shoot growth and lateral spread of the grass plant. This means your lawn will get thicker, quicker. A thicker lawn crowds out weeds, Think of a cedar hedge and how it grows thicker the more you trim it
- There is actually less work to do each time, including no bagging clippings and no raking required. You don't have to trim every time you mow. this means you can do it in less time.
- Weeds grow more rapidly and higher than the rest of the lawn, when they don't have a chance to grow that high, they naturally are in a weakened state, allowing us to kill them easier.
- Most Weeds tend to flower at a certain height that is higher than the rest of the lawn. Once a weed flowers, it produces seed heads, which in turn produce more weeds.
- Your lawn will look better! In fact, I have yet to have a customer call us, who follows our plan properly to tell me it didn't work. (obviously it must be done in conjunction with a properly suited lawn care program)
- A good rule of thumb is to never allow your grass to grow long enough that you would be cutting more than 1/3 of the blade off in a single mowing. In the summer, if the lawn isn’t growing fast, mow when needed using the one-third rule. ALWAYS mow when the lawn is dry!
The best thing to do is mow often enough so that the clippings produced are always really small. This is called “Grass-cycling”. (EXCEPT when you have a weed infestation)
IMPORTANT: When you have a weed problem, it is proactive & essential to bag your clippings (with a bag attachment- not raking) to preent the spread of weeds! Whenever weeds are “in seed” you can prevent the spread of these weed seeds through your lawn by not dispersing them through the mower chute, but bagging the clippings instead. Once the turf grass has filled in thicker and the weeds are in control, you can resume grasscycling,
The Benefit of Grass-cycling is that it reduces the time it takes to mow the lawn, saves energy, saves money, and saves landfill space. PLUS- It returns valuable nutrients back to the lawn! The problem is- Most people don’t mow often enough- (It’s a lot easier and takes less time overall to mow twice a week than to mow a long lawn once a week). Mulching mowers are meant to be used more often- or else they clog up. Never leave clippings longer than one inch (2.5 cm) on your lawn. If you missed a mowing it’s better to bag them- or else you’ll soon have a ton of thatch! Be a GrassCycler!
Keep your Blade Sharp
Mower blades dull easily and can dull blades tear blades rather than slicing them. Torn blades turn brown very quickly giving the lawn a brownish yellow appearance. Even worse- it invites disease into the lesion. For an average size lawn, sharpen your blade twice a year. Either bring your lawn mower into a repair shop or use a Grinder- Be sure to remove the blade first according to manufacturer’s directions.
Alternate Mowing Direction
When you see it on a baseball diamond we call it “signature cutting”. The main reason is to prevent rutting in the soil but also prevents grass from learning to lean a certain way. It also helps the grass to stand up straighter for a better overall appearance, and a healthier lawn.
Keep your Lawn Mower Clean Underneath
Residue from grass clippings will build up underneath your lawn mower deck and make it a lot harder work. Clean the deck a few times a year as necessary to keep your mower in like-new condition and prevent clogging.
Old lawn mowers are energy hogs, a well tuned machine will burn gas more efficiently with less emissions. Every spring, change the spark plug, grease the wheels, sharpen the blade, clean or change the air filter and watch that puppy purr!
* Before performing any of the previous maintenance tasks- ensure you follow safety recommendations of the manufacturer or have an expert help you.