Q: How high should I mow my grass?
A: You should mow the grass at the highest setting on your mower or at least 3 inches. Each time you mow, you should cut no more than 1/3 of the grass height. Note: There are exceptions for some warm season grasses such as bermuda centipede, and bentgrass that grow more dense at lower mower settings.
Q: How should I water my lawn?
A: You should water deeply and infrequently. The goal for most lawns is 1" per week, and it is best if that is delivered "all at once" instead of over several days.
Q: How do I level a bumpy lawn?
A: You can fill in low spots with a one quarter inch layer of topsoil or sand. You may have to gradually fill in a low spot to avoid smothering the grass. Another alternative is to lift the sod with a shovel, fill with sand or topsoil, and replace the sod.
Q: How do I get rid of weeds?
A: Annual weeds that grow from seed can be prevented with the application of a pre-emergent herbicide (CGM for Organic) prior to seed germination. There is also a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent many perennial type broadleaf weeds. After the weeds appear, you can apply a post-emergent herbicide or pull the weeds by hand.
Q: The grass is very thin underneath my trees, what can I do to improve the situation?
A: The roots of the trees are competing with the grass for water and nutrients, leaving the grass with an inadequate supply of each. Also, the grass requires a period of direct sunlight in order to grow properly. Pruning trees, planting shade resistant grass, or planting ground cover such as pachysandra can help the situation.
Q: When can my children and pets go on the lawn?
A: If granular fertilizer is used you may go on the lawn immediately after the application. If liquid weed control is used, allow the material to dry on the grass before children and pets are allowed on it. Drying time will vary with weather conditions.
Q: How do I conserve water?
A. To help conserve water, mow your lawn at a higher than normal height, limit traffic over the lawn, improve turf rooting, water in the early morning hours to prevent evaporation, and control thatch and soil compaction. Also, consider the weather. Do not water if a one-inch rainstorm has occurred in the past week.
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