Utah lawns are generally a Kentucky Bluegrass Blend. This means that the are more of a “cool season grass” and love temperatures under 85 degrees. They can tolerate temperatures above 85, but they get water stressed very easily. Kentucky Bluegrass lawns are generally thick and lush, with good color and texture. They are durable for the most part as long as they are given the right care. This is where we can help. Obviously, we ask our customers to do “their” part as well, which includes proper watering, mowing and feeding. Our lawns are fertilized every 5-7 weeks, starting around the 15th of March through the 20th of November, depending upon weather and your geographical location.
Below are some suggestions that will help you keep your lawn beautiful and healthy.
It is best to mow your lawn on a weekly maintenance program. Keep the mower height at 2 1/2 to 3 inches in length. When mowing, make sure your mower blade is sharp so that it actually cuts the grass, avoiding “tearing” it. A dull blade will tear the grass, causing the overall appearance to be brown. Most lawn mowers need to have their blade sharpened once a year. By keeping your lawn the right height, helps shade other grass that is growing, keeping it cooler and more hydrated. It also helps keep weed seeds from germinating by keeping them more shaded, thus less sunlight getting to the seed. The best form of weed control is a healthy, thick lawn. Following these mowing tips, will help keep your lawn green and enviable.
Kentucky Bluegrass is a “cool season grass” as I mentioned above. It gets water stressed very easily in hot and dry weather. I suggest that you water everyday for 30 minutes or so per station. This allows the grass to cool down and rehydrate itself for the next day. The best time to water is 4:00 – 5:00 a.m. Night time watering promotes fungus which will give your lawn a brownish-cast and possibly cause circular/semi-circular patterns in the turf. If you watch the News, you will hear to “water long and deep a few times a week”. That would be great if we lived in the Southern States and had a different type of grass. Kentucky Bluegrass cannot tolerate that schedule. Besides, what is the difference if you water 3 times a week for a couple of hours at a time, or everyday for 30 minutes to an hour? Your lawn will be healthier and thicker, your weeds will be minimal and you will be happy!
Aeration vs. Thatching/Power raking
Thatching or Power raking is a thing of the past in most cases. “Thatch” is the layer of dead grass just above the top of the soil. It creates a “spongy” type feel to your lawn, and causes a “barrier” on top of your soil which restricts both water and nutrients from getting to the roots. If you do have more than a couple of inches of thatch, then I would recommend power raking. The lawn industry has really moved towards aeration. I look at aeration like re-potting a plant. It gives your lawn extra room after the plugs are taken out, to let in moisture, nutrients and gives it the wiggle room to expand its root system. All lawns can be aerated any time during the year. The 2 best times are Fall and Spring, but they can be done virtually anytime. Make sure that you get “good” plugs, meaning at least 2 to 2 1/2 ” in length. The ground should be moist to help with the penetration of the aerator.