Do you need information about weed control companies in Chattanooga? Do you wonder about the best place to find details about proper mowing and watering practices in the area? We have information and solutions for your questions at The Grass is Greener Lawn Service. Many homeowners know they need to mow and water their lawn as part of their total lawn care, but there are specific guidelines for caring for your lawn that you may not be aware of. The Grass is Greener Lawn Service in Chattanooga, TN helps you care for your lawn by providing fertilization, weed control, aeration, and ornamental tree and shrub care, as well as disease and pest control for your turf.
We work together with you, the homeowner, guiding you on the best cultural practices for maintaining your lawn during the growing season.
- Water as infrequently as possible. Too much water can cause disease problems. It’s better to water your lawn 3 times per week for a longer duration than to water every day with a smaller amount. This approach encourages a deep root system for the grass plant.
- In general, your lawn needs approximately 1” – 1.5” of water per week. This will keep it healthy and actively growing. You can measure this by placing a cat food or tuna fish can out by the sprinkler, or when you water, if you water with a hose.
- Water your lawn as early in the morning as possible. If you have an irrigation system, start as early as 5:00 A.M.; make sure that system has run through all the zones and is off by 10:00 A.M.
- If you have an irrigation system, make sure it is working properly. Have it winterized in November, then turned back on in April. When opening the system for the season, make sure all the heads are working properly, and that all areas of the lawn are covered adequately. If we are seeing lots of rainfall, you may need to re-program your system to water less often.
- Don’t water a lawn for the first few hot days of the season. When lawns go into mild drought stress they increase rooting. Instead, look for foot-printing (foot prints remaining on the lawn after walking across it).
- Remember that these are general rules. Other watering guidelines apply after seeding and aeration, or after sod installation.
- Mow often; mow only 1/3 of the grass blade per cut. This will be more often during the spring. Never allow the grass to clump on the lawn and remain there. The key is mow often enough so the grass doesn’t build up and sit on top of the lawn. If the grass does build up on top lightly rake off the clumps.
- Mow at the correct height. Tall Fescue 3”-4”. Mow Tall Fescue higher during hot dry periods and less frequently. Bermudagrass 1”-2”. Mowing Bermuda lower allows the lawn to spread vertically. It creates a thicker lawn and helps it spread, and fill in thin areas. Zoysia grass 1”-2.5”. Many people keep their Zoysia grass high, but it is preferable to keep it lower. Better results from aeration will be seen and thatch will be more easily maintained.
- Change the direction of mowing each time. Many professional athletic fields are known for mowing elaborate designs on their surfaces. Certainly, this is aesthetically pleasing to the eye but is also functional to change the direction of mowing.
- Do not use a grass catcher. Allow the grass clippings to return to the soil where they will breakdown and feed the turf and build the top soil.
- During the fall, keep leaves off the grass. Generally, it is best to mulch the leaves every 7-14 days depending on the amount falling. Wet leaves left on the grass for long periods of time can ruin the appearance of a lawn.
- Do not scalp a lawn. Scalping a lawn will do two things: stress the turf, and allow sunlight to reach the soil, which allows crabgrass and weeds to germinate. Think of someone mowing a field for hay. Once the hay is cut and removed, the remaining plants also turn brown because the plants take a while to recover from the stress.
- Keep mowing blades sharp! A sharp blade makes the lawn look better and it does less damage to the grass plant. Ragged tops of the grass blades make for entry points for disease. If you are only mowing one residential, lawn sharpen the blade at least once per year.
- Remember, the best weed control is a thick healthy stand of grass!
If you are looking for information about lawn care services in Chattanooga, TN, take a look at this page, https://thegrassisgreener.com/lawn-maintenance/, or call 423-704-2362 today to get started with our regularly scheduled services to help your lawn look better all year long!