Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips

Mowing

Typically grasses grown here in the Pacific Northwest, need to be 2.5 to 4 inches tall to thrive. You should only be cutting up to ⅓  of total length. So cut to bring your grass down to the 2.5 to 4 inches. During the peak growing season you may find that you need to mow as much as every 5 to 7 days.

Mowing is just like pruning a tree. If you cut too short, your grass can become thin, weak, and sparse. It will also be prone to weeds and disease. If you allow your grass to get too long with infrequent mowing, it loses its usefulness and creates a place for insects to thrive. Taller grass will also shade the roots and soil which will prevent evaporation when watering. Remember to use a sharp mulching blade.

Lawn Mower
Lawn Grass

Grasscycling

Grass clippings are composed of 75 to 85% water which means they will decompose quickly when using a mulching blade. This will add nitrogen to the soil, feeding the grass. If you have allowed the grass to get too long, you can either bag it or go over the grass again to break it down further. In the fall, instead of raking up all your leaves, run the mower over them.

Watering

A good rule of thumb is 1 to 1.5 inches of water each week, whether from watering or rainfall. Use a tuna can to see if your irrigation is giving your lawn what it needs. Your watering session should give you a 6 to 8 inch saturation depth. This will maximize water efficiency, encourage deep root growth, and improve your lawn’s ability to absorb nutrients. Early morning watering, from 4am to 8am, gives you less chance of disease, and less evaporation.

Less often, deep watering is better than frequent short periods of watering. If you have a sandy soil, you will need more water because it drains more quickly. If you have a clay soil, you would need to water less because the water doesn’t drain as quickly. Watch for puddling. When using sprinklers, make sure that the water isn’t watering driveways, patios, and other hard surfaces.

Watering Lawn
Weeds

Noxious Weeds

If you can’t afford to get treatment, just remember this, Keep them from going to seed! Mow before they flower and seed. This will at least keep new germination down. It will not kill them, but it may give you the time to save for proper treatment.