If you are going to water your grass throughout dry periods, water at a rate of 1″ per week. In addition, the watering should be infrequent and deep. Twice a week at a ½” is best. Use a tuna can (or something similar) to measure the amount of water your sprinkler or sprinkler system delivers in a set time period. If possible, watering should be done in the morning as this will help knock dew and fungus breeding in the dew off the plant. Additionally, this allows more time to soak into the soil before evaporation. Watering at night is an option, but it does leave the grass blade wet and if there is fungus present it will have all night to breed and invade the leaf’s structure. If you chose to let your grass go dormant (yes your grass will turn brown and stop growing), do not give in and water. Doing so will add stress to the plant. Just stop watering and wait out the dry spell. Your grass has evolved over the centuries to endure this climate of excessive water in spring and drought conditions in summer.
Mower height should be set at 3″ or higher. This will shade the root system and help keep it cool. It also helps reduce weeds by crowding them out. In addition, keep your mower blades sharp — a torn grass blade will lose more water and be more damaging to your turf than a clean cut.
April – Light fertilization with pre-emergent weed control
May – Light fertilization and spot spray post-emergent weed killer (Weed-be-Gone®)
July 4 – Grub Control with very light fertilization and apply post emergent weed killer
Sept – Heavier fertilization and apply post emergent weed killer
Nov – Heavy fertilization with post emergent weed killer
The post emergent weed killer will only kill from contact with the plant. The best thing you can do to control the weeds is to keep you lawn mower height 3” minimum and water as we suggested. If you have any problems please let us know.
Aerating Your Lawn
What is lawn aeration?
What will aeration do for my lawn?
How do I know if I need to aerate?
Other reasons to aerate include:
Is there any reason not to aerate?
When should I aerate?
What else do I need to know?