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Watering Your Lawn


When it comes to taking care of your lawn, one of the most important maintenance practices is also one of the most basic. Watering. As your lawn care partner, you can count on us to apply the correct quantities of fertilizer and control products at the right time of year. But we must count on you to properly water your lawn. It’s important that we function as a team!

When we make an application to your lawn, please read the information we leave behind. It will highlight what should be done to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. For example, some applications should be watered in right away, while others should not be watered for at least a day. The only way you’ll know what’s right is to read our instructions.

General Guidelines

Quantity
Your lawn should receive roughly 1 to 1½ inches of water per week during the hottest, driest months. Deep watering to a soil depth of at least six inches is recommended. Light waterings that merely dampen the grass are of little benefit and can actually harm your lawn. Place an empty coffee can or bucket on you lawn to determine how long it takes to apply 1 to 1½ inches of water.

Best time
Very early morning watering is ideal. Midday watering, when it is the hottest and driest, can waste water due to excessive evaporation. Evening watering tends to promote disease problems. Keep in mind, the key to efficient, effective watering is to give your lawn enough moisture to reach the deep roots of the grass plants.

During the summer months, it’s a good idea to water your lawn the day before you mow and then try to mow during the coolest part of the day. This minimizes the browning effect of summer mowing and decreases the time it takes the turf to heal.

Mowing Your Lawn

General Guidelines
• Mow your lawn as it needs it but don’t let it get too tall. (see chart for optimal heights)
• Avoid mowing the lawn when the grass is wet.
• Avoid cutting the lawn when the weather is extremely hot. During the summer months, morning is the ideal time to mow your lawn.
• Never remove more than one third of the leaf blade at any one time.
• Keep the mower blade sharpened. A dull mower will rip and shred the blades of grass instead of cutting them.
• After mowing, clean the mower blade and wheels in a solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water to avoid the spread of any disease in your lawn

Grass TypeOptimal Height
Buffalo 3" - 4"
Common Bermuda 1" - 2"
Hybrid Bermuda 1"- 1.5"
St. Augustine 2.5" - 3.5"
Zoysia 1" - 3"