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Lawn Care Tips

Seasonal Tips

Ideal watering maximizes the health, and appearance of your lawn. Proper watering minimizes drought related stress, including insect and disease activity. Watering is a basic component to a natural approach to lawn care.


Have your in ground sprinklers serviced, and turned on by May 1st.
          • A dry winter/early spring can stress lawns.
          • Lawns seeded the past fall benefit from spring watering (the new grass continues to mature into the     summer).
          • Spring watering can greatly reduce the populations of some summer insects.
          • Schedule your watering as needed, around natural rainfall.
          • Click here to see watering recommendations below.


When we water to maintain a lush lawn during the summer months, we are aggressively confronting nature at a time when lawns may want to go dormant.

          • There is no substitute for natural rainfall. Sprinkler systems are designed to supplement nature. It is very difficult to compensate for any deficit of rainfall.
          • Minimizing drought stress will reduce the risk of permanent damage to the lawn.
          • A good summer watering schedule will maximize the color and health of your lawn. Follow the watering recommendations below. The general rule: more water yields better color!


The fall typically provides cooler, wetter weather. This makes fall the ideal time to strengthen your lawn for winter, and next season.

   • Schedule you’re watering as needed, around natural rainfall.
   • DO NOT shut down your in ground sprinkler system too early. Water is needed for new seeding, unexpected drought, and if needed, to water in insect controls. Lawngevity recommends that systems be shut down the first week in November.


Watering throughout the winter months provides the ultimate care for your lawn! If possible, deep waterings are recommended at times when nature does not provide it.


Good cultural practices will greatly enhance the health and appearance of your lawn.

One-Third Rule

Avoid removing more than one third of the grass blade at one time. If necessary, mow a second time after two days.


A seven-day schedule should enable you to follow the one-third rule.
Spring and Early Fall: Mow more frequently, if needed.
Summer: Mow less as the growth rate of the grass plants decreases. Excessive mowing will stress the lawn.
First & Last Cuts for the Season: There is no benefit derived from lowering the mower blades.

Mow Tall

Bluegrass, Ryegrass, Tall and Fine Fescues should all be cut at 4 inches.

Benefits of mowing tall:

   • Encourages deeper root systems.
   • Maximizes the use of water & moisture.
   • Moderates soil temperature.
   • Reduces the potential for drought stress.

When To Avoid Mowing

When the grass is wet: causes shredding and clumping.
When the lawn is drought stressed: adds more stress.

Alternate Your Mowing Pattern

This practice will minimize ruts from wheel tracks. The pattern should be changed whenever last week’s pattern is visible. Numerous patterns should be utilized.
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Keep Mower Blades Sharp

  • Dull blades shred the top of the grass plants. Shredded tips promote the spread of lawn diseases.
  • Sharp blades reduce mower wear and tear.
  • We recommend having your mower blades sharpened after 10 services.
  • Sharp mower blades leave your lawn looking its best!

Grass Cycling

Lawngevity supports this national effort to reduce lawn debris utilizing a natural approach to mowing. When done properly, clippings can be left on the lawn and will benefit the health of the lawn.

Basic rules to follow:

  • Avoid leaving clumps of grass on the lawn. This will cause thinning.
  • Disperse localized clumps by double cutting in a second direction, or by using a hand held blower.

Benefits of Grass Cycling:

  • Returns valuable nutrients to the soil.
  • Clippings are 85% - 90% water.
  • Proper irrigation speeds the decomposition of grass clippings.
  • Clippings do not contribute to thatch build-up.
  • Clippings help moderate soil temperature.
  • Clippings improve soil moisture retention.
  • Leaving clippings saves mowing time.
  • Leaving clippings reduces the volume of debris.
  • Simply a good agronomic and environmental practice. A standard practice on golf courses.

Mulching Mowers

Almost any mower can be adapted to mulching by utilizing special mower blades. Side discharge allows for the best dispersion of clippings, after mulching. Check with the manufacturer of your mower for specific instructions on how to convert your particular model. Additional equipment may be necessary. Always follow good mowing safety practices.


Lawngevity landscape & Design strongly recommends keeping leaves moving! Leaves that sit too long will thin your lawn. Leaves sitting too long can adversely impact fall seeding. Our recommendation is to keep leaves moving weekly throughout the fall. Mulching leaves, and leaving the debris on your lawn, is not recommended. It is best to move leaves off the lawn.

Drought Stress

  • Early signs of drought stress may be evident with turf areas turning a dark blue/green color (the areas look “black & blue”).
  • With prolonged or severe drought stress, eventually much of the lawn turns brown.
  • Once a lawn goes into drought stress, it will take time to recover. Following proper mowing and watering schedules for  several weeks may be needed to regain color.
  • Improper watering can devastate a lawn.
  • Avoid mowing severely stressed turf.
  • Applying additional fertilizer to the lawn will not quicken its recovery from drought stress.
  • Be patient! With proper watering, most lawns will recover from even severe drought stress.

Watering Recommendations

 • Water ONLY every other day.
  • Water in the A.M. (Midnight to 9 A.M. is best.)
  • Start at one hour per zone. Increase time per zone, as needed.
  • Goal: ½” to 1” of water each time. Too light waterings promote disease.

Note: Never increase the frequency of your waterings. Mid-day and early evening waterings promote disease. Watering daily promotes shallow roots.