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 This will keep the moisture in the soil longer and help to lessen

 water lost due to evaporation during the heat of the day.

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  They are designed to release the ingredients slowly over a  

   longer period of time.

 

    They do not need to be applied as often and will reduce

     the chance of burning the lawn when applied.

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Cutting it too short will put unnecessary stress on the

plant and make it more susceptible to damage from

insects and disease.

 

Cutting the grass too short also encourages the weeds

to grow as there is now less competition for the same

space.

 

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Core Aeration:

One way to provide the best growing environment is to awaken your lawn with a good mechanical aeration. Deep aeration will remove soil cores that contain thatch and reduce compaction from winter activities. Aeration will increase water penetration, stimulate new growth, and provide openings for fertilizer, air, and moisture to enter the lawn.

Apply Fertilizer:

Nitrogen is the most important major nutrient that turf grasses require. It is always the first number on the fertilizer label. ScienTurfic Turf Fertilizer 20-20-10 2Fe 3S, contains 20% nitrogen by volume. Nitrogen is needed to promote growth, green color, density, and overall health of the grass plants.

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Low volume sprinkler heads apply larger drops of water at a much

slower rate than traditional spay heads.

 

This allows  more time for water to soak in with little to no runoff

and will help to reduce water loss from wind drift.

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Fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing only in the spring or the summer will deprive your lawn of the extended benefits of fall fertilization.

 

During the summer the grass plant produces energy from photosynthesis that it uses for top growth. As temperatures drop in the fall root growth is favored over plant growth. Energy that the plant produces in the fall is used for root growth. Excess energy is stored in the roots for future use.  This storage of energy means better winter survival and earlier spring green up without the extra mowing that comes with spring fertilization.

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It is better to water less often but for longer periods of time to allow water to penetrate deeper into the soil. 

This will promote deeper root growth.

A lawn with a more extensive root system will need to be watered less often, being able to reach moisture that is available deeper in the soil.

 

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To prevent run off, especially on slopes, water twice a day, but for less time.

 

Set each zone to run for 1/2 the normal run time, and then cycle through each zone a second time for 1/2 the normal run time.

 

This will allow water to penetrate deeper into the soil and not run off.

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Waiting too long between mowings can cause the grass to grow too long. If the grass blade becomes too long it will cease to support it's own weight and begin to fall over.

 

This will cause the underlying grass to become smothered and even die. The grass will begin to thin out and be more susceptible to disease

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1.  Don't water every day

Watering every day will result in a lawn with shallow root systems. Lawns do not need to be watered every day or even every other day.  Overwatering only wastes water. Watering too frequently discourages the grass from developing the deep root system it needs to take in the water available deeper in the soil in order to become less dependent on supplemental watering.

 

2.  Water early in the morning or late in evening

Not watering during the hottest part of the day will keep the moisture in the soil longer and help to lessen water lost due to evaporation.

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Grass should always be cut according to its rate of growth.

 

 It will grow faster during the cooler months of Spring and Fall, requiring more frequent mowing during times of rapid growth.

 

In the hot months of Summer, as built in survival mechanisms tell the grass to go dormant, it begins to slow down it's growth and will require less frequent mowing.

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Listen to your Mother;  Mother Nature that is.  The fact is most lawns are overwatered.

We need to listen to what nature is telling us. We have become too dependent on our sprinkler systems, not observing what is really going on in the natural world. The grass will tell us what it needs.

Although sprinkler systems are more efficient in applying water to lawn areas than we can be dragging a hose around the yard, they do not make adjustments for actual climatic conditions. They just keep on watering, day after day, week after week, whether the grass really needs it or not. A set watering schedule may work best for us, but quite often  is not in synch with the needs of the grass.

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Lawns do not need to be watered every day.

 

Overwatering only wastes water.

 

 Watering too frequently discourages the grass from developing  the deep root system it needs to take in the water available deeper in the soil. 

 

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 Change the direction and pattern each time you mow.

 

If you mow repeatedly in the same direction, the  mower tends to push the grass over rather than cut it cleanly.

 

Eventually the grass begins to lean in the direction mowed.

 

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Shady areas will need less water than sunny areas.

South facing areas will dry out faster than north facing areas.

Sloped areas will need to be watered differently than flat areas.

It is important to vary the amount of water applied according to conditions in each area.

Set run times for each sprinkler zone individually to account for the different water needs of each area covered.

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When it comes to lawn care, many homeowners repeat the same bad practices year after year.  Here are a few to avoid.

1.  Scalping the lawn to start the season.

Mowing grass too short is very harmful to the plant and can actually put it into shock. Cutting off too much of the grass blade will limit it's ability to absorb sunshine (known as photosynthesis) through it's leaves. This will make the plant less healthy and more prone to disease. Cutting the grass too short also encourages the weeds to grow as there is now less competition for the same space.  Observe areas where use of a weed eater has scalped the grass almost down to the dirt and notice how the weeds take over in these areas.  A nice healthy, thick lawn will crowd out many of the weeds and is always the best weed prevention.

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It is widely believed that cutting the grass short will cause it to grow slower.

Cutting it too short will restrict it's ability to absorb sunshine.

This will only cause it to grow even faster until it produces a blade long enough to absorb the sunshine necessary to store energy and remain healthy.

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Automatic sprinkler systems are designed to use water in the most efficient way possible, but if used improperly they can also waste more water than they were designed to save.  A few simple and common sense adjustments can mean big water savings.

Adjust sprinkler clock settings for time of year

The biggest way most homeowners waste water is by not setting their sprinkler clocks properly. Grass needs far less water in the spring and fall than during the heat of the summer. Yet most homeowners only set the sprinkler clock once in the spring.  It continues to water the same, rain or shine, hot or cold.  This results in the grass getting way too much water when it doesn't need it and not enough when it could really use it.


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Replace or sharpen mower blades before the first  mowing of the season. 

Mowing with dull blades will shred the tips of the grass blades causing “white tipping” of the grass. 

Torn grass blades are more susceptible to disease. Sharp blades will ensure a clean cut.

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Crabgrass starts to appear in mid to late spring,

invading lawns as soon as the soil temperature

begins to warm up. 

 

 

Crabgrass grows best in full sun, so mow the grass

high to help shade the soil and apply a

pre-emergent crabgrass control in early spring to

prevent germination of crabgrass seeds.

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