Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through some of our customer’s most frequently asked questions, or contact us at (571) 208-6851 for more information on all our professional lawn care services.
Frequently Asked Questions – Answered.
Q: How high should my grass be cut / mowed?
A: Grass should be cut at the proper height to keep the plant healthy. General rule…you should mow / cut the grass at the highest setting on the mower or at least 3 inches high.
Best results… each time you mow / cut, you should be mindful to cut no more than 1/3 inch of the grass blades height. Note: There are some exceptions for warm season grasses types e.g., Bermuda Centipede, and Bent Grass varieties that will grow denser at a lower mower setting.
Q: How much should the lawn be watered?
A: You should water the lawn deeply and infrequently. The goal for most lawns is 1″ per week, and it is best if that amount of water is delivered “all at once” instead of smaller amounts over several days.
Q: Should I bag or mulch my grass clippings.
A: Mulch clippings in most cases. Grass mulching returns good nutrients and organic matter to the lawn. It also helps the grass to retain water. However, sometimes it may be helpful to bag / mulch especially if you have an annual weed infestation in your yard which is setting seeds, or if your grass has grown too long between normal mowing’s.
Q: Will mulching contribute to thatch?
A: No. Thatch is caused by roots growing near the surface. Mulching helps to deter thatch by helping the grass with the decomposition process.
Q: How do I level a bumpy yard / lawn?
A: You can fill in low spots in the yard and lawn with a one quarter inch layer of good topsoil or sand. Note: You may need to gradually fill in the low spot to avoid smothering the surrounding grass. A second alternative is to carefully lift the grass/ sod with a shovel, then fill underneath the spot with sand or good topsoil, and the replace the grass / sod.
Q: How do you get rid of weeds?
A: Annual weeds that grow from seed can best be prevented with the application of a good pre-emergent herbicide (CGM for Organic) prior to any seed germination. There are also pre-emergent herbicides that will prevent many perennial type broadleaf weeds. However, if the weeds appear, you can again apply a post-emergent herbicide or dig up / pull the weeds by hand.
Q: Which is better, an annual spike or core aeration?
A: Annual Core aeration is the best / preferred method as it removes small cores of dirt to help ease grass compaction. Spike aeration method can compress some types of soil and add to your grass compaction issues. However, spike aeration is best if you have sandy type soils.