When should I cut the grass?

The type of grass on your lawn will determine the mowing height that should be maintained throughout the growing season. Grasses such as fescue, bluegrass and rye should be maintained at 2 ½-3” tall. Warm-season grasses such as Bermuda grass should be maintained at shorter lengths 1-2” tall. The lawn should be mowed frequently enough so that no more than 1/3 of the total grass blade is removed when mowing. The two most important facts of mowing are mowing height and the frequency. If the weather or another factor prevents mowing at the proper time, raise the height of the mower temporarily to avoid cutting too much at one time.

What is thatch?

Thatch is a tight, brown, spongy, organic layer of both living and dead grass roots and stems that accumulate above the soil surface. Grass clippings do not contribute to the accumulation of thatch and can be returned to the lawn during mowing to recycle the nutrients they contain. The following may contribute to thatch: compacted soil, over watering, over-fertilizing or an under-population of earth worms and soil insects.

How does thatch harm my lawn?

Thatch can cause a number of problems for your grass. The layers of thatch can contribute to drought stress because water has a difficult time reaching the soil and runs off instead of sinking into the soil. In humid temperatures, that can also harbor fungal disease in decomposing material.

When should I water my lawn?

Water early in the morning (near sunrise) when water pressure is the greatest and surface evaporation is minimal, this will allow the lawn to soak up most of the water. Do not water in the evening because water will sit on the lawn and not evaporate, which will result in developing disease on your turf. Do not water in the heat of the day because the sun will evaporate a portion of your water before it can soak into the root zone of the turf.

How much water does my lawn need?

Your lawn needs 1-1 ½” of water weekly depending on the temperature and the weather. Mother nature provides water, but supplemental water will be needed especially throughout the summer months.

Why does my grass develop yellow or brown patches after I mow?

You have probably removed too much of the grass leaf during your mowing, which resulted in cutting the grass blade back to the leaf stem. You should mow more frequently so you never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade or level out your yard’s high spots because the mower is cutting too low as it goes over bumps.

What should I do after chemical has been applied?

FSL Corp. recommends that water be applied after each individual application to increase the effectiveness of the lawn treatment. In many situations, watering or rainfall will increase the uptake of the plant nutrients by your turf, or the absorption of the herbicide by the weeds. We ask that you please wait 10-14 days to inspect your lawn. If they do not seem to be dying, just give us a call, and we will schedule a return of service call to reapply the treatment at no charge.

Do I need weed control for my lawn?

Yes. Weeds compete with desirable lawn grasses for water, space, sunlight and nutrients. They are very aggressive and can take over a lawn if not taken care of at an early stage. The most effective method to control weeds is to utilize a preventive approach to eliminating weeds through property timed and pre-emergent applications.

Why should I apply lime to my lawn?

Lime application is applied to the lawn to adjust the PH balance of the soil. The PH of your soil should be within a desired range of 6-6.8 turf type grasses. If the PH is above or below this range, then your grass plants have difficulty absorbing certain essential nutrients they need to grow. When the PH falls below 5.8, then lime should be applied to increase it back to the desired level. Lime is recommended to be applied on cool-season grasses such as fescue in preparation for fall seeding, and winter application of lime for warm-season turf such as Bermuda. FSL Corp. recommends lime to be applied in the spring and fall of every season.

When is the best time to seed lawn?

All fescue, blue and rye grass should only be seeded in the fall. Those particular grasses are cool-season grass that requires that fall and winter growing season to establish a healthy root system. The established root system is critical for fescue to survive the hot, dry summers. All other grasses such as Bermuda grass can be seeded both in the early spring and the fall. Cool-season is the best time to seed because it allows the seed to grow in before the summer heat kicks in.

What is the importance of aerating my turf?

Oil compaction is a soil condition that makes it difficult for the grass to grown due to the flow of air and water into the root system of your turf is restricted. The more use/stress a lawn gets the greater the risk of packing down the soil. The best method to soften the soil is by core aeration, or pulling plugs of sod up out the ground with a special machine. FSL Corp. specialists recommend that homeowners aerate their turf in fall prior to seeding, and aerate their Bermuda grass in the spring/summer months. Aeration is important and will stimulate deep root growth, better air exchange in the soil, and improved movement of water and nutrients into soil profile.

How long should I water a new soded lawn?

Depending on the time of year, a new lawn should get a minimum of (35) minutes everyday until the third cutting of the lawn. The first cutting should be (10) days after the sod has been installed. Turn the sprinklers off the day before cutting and resume watering after the first cut. In any event of mushrooms growing in cut back watering by 1/3.

If any of your questions are not answered directly from our FAQ page, please feel free to contact our office.