Frequently Asked Questions
What Height Should My Grass Be?
Mowing your lawn creates stress on grass blades and roots, so your grass will need time to recover after each mowing. Although mowing height varies slightly with the seasons, there is a basic mowing rule – never remove more than one-third of the grass blade height with each mowing. When you mow your lawn too low, you open up the lawn’s canopy to more sun and heat. This can increase weed growth, especially during warm months since weeds need light to grow. Tall grass has more plant tissue, so it retains more moisture, produces more chlorophyll and shades the ground from direct sun. Keep your grass a little longer in warm weather and a little shorter in cool weather.
How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?
To keep your lawn looking its best year-round, weekly mowing is advised. Increasing the time between cuttings will result in more overgrowth and weeds, especially in the Spring and Summer months when your grass grows a lot faster. When mowing, we makes sure our lawn mover blades are always sharp and clean to prevent damage to the grass. Regular, weekly mowing will help your grass to grow thicker and prevent weed growth. It will also remove any brown or damaged grass tips and stimulate new, healthy growth. Here are some helpful tips for mowing lawn care questions:
- We won’t mow your lawn in the same direction every time we mow. This can compact the soil and cause grass to lean and grow in the direction it was mowed. By mowing in a different direction each time, we help the grass grow more upright.
- If your lawn is long and overgrown, we won’t mow it down all at once. This will put significant stress on your grass and create the potential for dead grass. We will mow one-third of the grass height, let grass recover for three or four days, then mow again.
How Often Should I Water?
Your lawn needs about one-inch of water every week. That can come from your sprinkler system or natural rainfall, but one-inch per week is essential for fertile soil and strong grass roots. Of course, water is essential to all lawns, but too much or too little water can cause lawn problems. Frequent, light watering will cause shallow grass roots. Over-watering establishes a perfect environment for harmful insects and lawn diseases. Deep, infrequent watering is better than light, frequent watering. Water to a depth of about six inches two or three times a week, instead of watering every day. During hot weather, regular, deep watering is essential to keep the soil and grass roots from drying out.
When is the Best Time to Water?
The time of day you water your lawn can impact grass growth, weed growth and lawn diseases. For best lawn care results, remember these important watering tips:
- Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, normally between 11 am and 3 pm
- Water in the morning between 6 am and 10 am, when there’s less sun, heat and wind
- If you can’t water in the morning, water in the late afternoon between 4 pm and 7 pm
- Avoid watering at night, as it invites mildew, fungal diseases and outdoor pests
Is Fertilizer Important?
The quick answer is yes! All lawns need proper nutrients to stay healthy, lush and green. It takes a lot of energy for your grass to develop strong, healthy roots and green growth. Most soils lack adequate nutrients, so proper fertilization is essential. There are six primary nutrients that plants require. They get the first three – carbon, hydrogen and oxygen – from air and water. They must get the other three – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – from the soil or applied fertilizers. Nitrogen helps plants produce new growth. Phosphorous stimulates root growth and seed size. Potassium improves overall plant vigor and health. Regular fertilization will stimulate grass growth and help your lawn fight environmental stresses like cold, heat, drought, lawn mowing and foot traffic.
When is the Best Time to Fertilize?
The best times to fertilize your lawn is in the Spring through Fall. March is an important time to fertilize your lawn because it will jump-start grass and root growth after a cold Colorado winter when essential nutrients get depleted. It’s best to choose a light, slow-release or organic type fertilizer that won’t burn your lawn. September is also an important time to fertilize. Early Fall fertilization will help protect your lawn during the winter by allowing grass to store essential nutrients in their root systems. Cool-season grasses need a complete fertilizer as opposed to one that’s only high in nitrogen. Based on your grass type and existing soil conditions, your lawn care professional can answer your lawn care questions on proper fertilization schedules.