Proper Mowing and Watering Habits for the Spring
Spring is a particularly important part of the year for lawn owners as the grass awakens from its winter dormancy and requires a lot of care. In addition, spring is also the time when plants should be prepared for the hot summer season, when the sun and the temperatures can greatly harm the plants.
This is why proper mowing and watering is a crucial part of the lawn owner’s activities during the Spring Season.
Proper Spring Mowing
There is no specific mowing calendar that will tell you when you should mow your lawn. Instead, you need to pay close attention to the height of the grass and not cut it until it is at least 2 inches tall. This way, you will be able to protect the plant’s roots and avoid injuring the grass and making it susceptible to disease, which happens when you cut it too early.
Additionally, during the growing season, you should mow the grass two times every week and never more than one third of the blade at a time. Also, don’t forget to sharpen your mower blades and never to mow in the same direction every time.
Here are the recommended heights to which you should mow specific grass:
- Bermuda grass: 1-2 inches
- Kentucky bluegrass: 2-3.5 inches
- Zoysia: 0.5-1.5 inches
- Augustine: 2-4 inches
- Fescue: 2-3.5 inches
Proper Spring Watering
Watering is just as important to your lawn as proper mowing. It’s best to avoid watering between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, as this is normally the hottest time day, or during the night, if you want to avoid fungus and mildew appearing on your lawn.
Instead, the best time of the day for watering is in the morning, between 6:00 and 10:00 AM, which gives the grass plenty of time to dry, or between 4:00 and 7:00 in the afternoon, when the sun is not as strong.
When watering, make sure to moisten approximately 6 inches, down to the grass root system. Namely, if you can’t dig a 6 inch screwdriver in the soil, you are not watering it properly. To check on the progress, check the soil every 15 minutes or so during the first watering.
Finally, if you’re using sprinklers for watering (which you should, do), be sure to get the pulsating type and not oscillating. The difference is, the first type will shoot the water horizontally and is not as affected by wind as the straight-up shooting oscillating sprinklers.