Lawn Care FAQ
Here are the answers to some of the questions we get most often. If you are located in the greater Roy WA area and require more lawn care information, or if the answer to your question is not listed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
My lawn looks healthy to me. Do I really need to fertilize?
Like any vegetable in the garden and flower in your rock bed, your lawn needs to be fertilized in order to grow strong and healthy roots. Without fertilizing, your lawn is prone to diseases, and will be more vulnerable to pests and weeds, often resulting in bald spots and yellowing grass.
Should I pick up cut grass, or leave it be?
The answer to this question depends on the length of the grass before mowing as well as the temperature forecast. Long grass clippings left to dry on a very warm day will impede your lawn's ability to get sunshine and moisture. Short grass clippings however, if cut later in the day, should be left on your lawn. These shorter clippings will collect dew and eventually decompose, acting as a natural, eco-friendly fertilizer that will leave your lawn looking amazing!
What is the best time of the year to seed grass?
The best time to seed your lawn is either in the Spring or Fall. If you choose to seed your lawn in the Spring, you should make sure you do so after any threat of frost has passed. For Fall seeding, any time from mid-August to mid-September is best.
How much water does my lawn need?
Most lawns need about an inch of water every week, including the water provided by rain. Without rain, this amounts to about two hours of manual watering. Keep in mind that it is best to water longer and less often, as a continuous absorption of moisture allows your lawn to develop deeper and stronger roots.
How short should I cut my lawn?
Lawn height varies depending on the season and weather forecast. In the early Spring, when temperatures are lower, you should keep your lawn at around 6 centimeters. Keeping your grass longer helps promote deeper root development. In the warmer summer months, or during heat waves, your lawn should be kept at 8 centimeters. If the weather is really warm and dry, consider skipping a mowing, as your lawn is already under stress and reduced growth span. To prepare for winter, cut your grass down to 4 centimeters. Any lower and you chance having to contend with weeds, pests and diseases.
Maintaining a beautiful lawn requires time and knowledge. Here are a few tips that should help you understand and apply the ABC's of lawn care to help keep your lawn healthy and lush. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to expand on the information provided here or to answer most any question you may have about lawn care.
The general rule about lawn mowing is that you should cut one third of the grass leaf with each mowing. Ideal height depends on the season and temperature, but if you remember to cut only to one third and no shorter, you should be able to adjust your cutting ratio accordingly. Cutting more than one third will leave you with clumps of grass, which will prevent your lawn from getting much needed sunshine and moisture. Cutting your lawn too short will result in weeds competing with grass and will leave your lawn vulnerable to pests and diseases. You should also ensure that your mower blades are sharpened at least once a year. Instead of cleanly cutting your grass, dull blades will tear grass leaves, which can lead to yellowing grass.
Your lawn will generally require about an inch of water every week. As it can be difficult to estimate how much rainfall needs to be factored in, keeping a container (such as a mason jar or coffee cup) out in the open is a good way to measure rainfall and add manual watering accordingly. It is best to water in the early hours of the morning, as less water will evaporate than in the middle of a hot day. Your lawn may take a yellowish color in the warmer months of Summer or during hot, dry spells. If you keep a healthy lawn, this should not be a problem. Your lawn will go in a dormant state and return to its green, lush color once temperature cools and humidity returns.
In high traffic areas, or in areas that do not get enough sunlight (such as grass growing under large trees), your lawn may present with weak spots. Thinning of the grass in these areas often repairs itself, but in some situations, you may need to intervene. Reseeding weak spots is usually the preferred method, assuming that you have taken measures to either reduce traffic or allow lawn in shady areas to receive more light. If that is not the case, consider putting in a stone path to reduce traffic on the grass or planting a flower bed under trees. This will keep your lawn looking great and will require less maintenance in the long term.
From design to finish, our experienced estimators, project managers and workers provide the expertise to ensure your landscaping project is completed on time and on budget. Contact us today and we'll show you how we can put our knowledge to work for you.
Most people do not take into account the amount of time they spend in their backyard. You might enjoy going outside to barbecue with friends, relax after a long day of work or spend time with your family. Imagine how having a beautiful and functional backyard could enhance that time you spend at your home. At Marks Pacific NW Inc, we understand the importance of designing and maintaining a landscape around your home that adds to the appeal of your home rather than detracts from it.
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