The optimal height for lawn cutting is 3-3.5 inches. Taller grass is more resistant the effects of heat and drought. Most importantly, taller grass provides shade at ground level, thus hindering the development of weeds. As a result, less chemicals are required to control weed growth.
The general rule is to never cut more than 1/3 of the total height. This is another reason why optimal height is important. After the rapid spring growth, cutting to 3 inches sets the president for the duration of the season. When the spring growth has slowed and the first mow is complete, weekly mowing will be suitable.
You should only water your lawn in periods of drought. If your lawn needs watering you will notice the blades fold in half in an attempt to save water. At this point footprints will remain visible after stepping on the lawn. If your lawn is showing these signs, water deeply one or two times a week to a maximum of one inch. Approximately 15-30 minutes of watering time. A rain gauge can help ensure the proper amount is given. The best time to water is in the early morning between 6:00-10:00 am, as wet grass in the hot afternoon sun can burn. Early morning water allows excess water to evaporate and prevents mildew and fungus growth.
This process is one of the best, and most underutilized, treatments for your lawn. Top dressing and over-seeding is completed by spreading a ½ inch of top dressing soil on the lawn, followed by spreading grass seed. This helps thicken the grass and prevents the development of weeds. The top dress also acts as a fertilizer as it works its way down to the roots. After this process is completed it is important to follow a strict watering schedule until the grass germinates and grows to 4 or 5 inches in height. The seeds must stay moist and cannot dehydrate as the young grass shoots are vulnerable to dehydration.
Thatch is un-decomposed stems and roots that compile near the soil surface. Thatch build up begins when turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down. Core aeration is an important preventative maintenance practice for thatch control. Regular core aeration alleviates compaction and improves air movement into soils. Thatch can also be removed by a dethatching machine or specialized rake.
Core aeration is the process of removing plugs from the lawn, which create small holes. These holes allow air, water, fertilizer and soil amendments to get down to root level. This practice is utilized to reduce compaction in high traffic areas as well.
Chemical fertilizers are a “quick fix” solution. They provide the nutrients grass needs, but at the expense of our water, soil and the living environment within the soil. Organic fertilizers are made from natural ingredients and break down slowly to produce a long lasting feeding for your lawn. Organic fertilizers are an all around better choice.
Kick Gas Lawn Care uses reel mowers for back-up in case of light rain. They are not as convenient as the electric mowers we use, but they are much better for the grass. The reason being reel mowers actually cut the grass. This allows grass to heal faster. Mowers powered by a motor don’t actually cut the grass; they tear it with speed and force.
Beneficial Nematodes naturally occur in soil and are used to control soil pest insects when they are in the larvae stage. More than 200 species of pest insects from 100 insect families are susceptible to these nematodes. Fruit flies, Leaf miners, White grubs, Fleas, Ticks and Japanese beetles are just a handful of species they target. Beneficial nematodes only attack soil dwelling insects and leave plants and earthworms alone.