Many property owners want to take care of their property, or at least make it look appealing, but don’t know how to do it. Throughout our 68 years of service we’ve picked up a few tips on how to care for your lawn. Many of these tips can be done by any homeowner. Read these tips below and let us know how we can help make your lawn the best:
- How high should I mow my grass? You don’t want to cut the grass too short. Mow often enough that each mowing removes no more than one-third of the grass blade. So if you set your cutting height at 2 inches, then cut before the grass is more than 3 inches tall, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
- How often should I mow? Your mowing frequency should vary according to how fast your lawn is growing. Again, try not to cut off more than one-third of the height of your grass in a single cutting.
- What is the best time to mow? Late afternoon and evening are the best times because your lawn is not under immense stress. Cutting in the late afternoon also reduces the risk of fungal diseases.
- What is the best pattern to mow a lawn in? Some people mow their lawn in stripes, some in circles and some in squares. Switch it up. Your lawn will grow in the direction that you mow it in, and by varying the patterns, you will keep your grass looking uniform.
- How often should I water my lawn? Watering your lawn should be done infrequently, but thoroughly. Once per week is a good rule of thumb if it hasn’t rained. However, it’s easy to forget when you last watered, so a weather-sensitive irrigation system is a safe way to make sure your water is getting the right amount of water when it needs it.
- What is the best way to prevent weeds? Grow a thick, healthy lawn. When a lawn is thick, there isn’t room for weeds to grow.
- When is the best time to fertilize my lawn? The best times to apply fertilizer, if it’s needed, are at the beginning and end of the growing season, according to the TCEQ. Read the instructions on your fertilizer label. Some formulations require an application to a wet lawn; others need to be watered after the fertilizer is applied.
- When is the best time to plant new seed? Spring or fall. Late spring is ideal if you live in a warm climate like East Texas and will be planting warm-season grass. Early fall is good for planting cool-season grasses, because the soil is still warm for quick germination, but the air is cooler so the new plants won’t be stressed by the heat of summer.
- What are the benefits of applying compost to my lawn? Adding compost to your lawn allows for the soil to become more enriched with nutrients. If your lawn is lacking in nutrients, applying compost may be a good idea.
Caring for your lawn can be a huge undertaking. We’re here to protect your property in every aspect: pest control, weed control, mulching, seeding, irrigation, and more! Let us know how we can help you protect the property you’ve invested in. Give us a call or click the request a quote button below.