Lawn Mowing Tip #2 – Sharpen those blades!

I can’t stress to you enough how proper mowing, with properly maintained equipment can sometimes play as big an impact on the overall health of your lawn as our lawn care treatment program will.   I recommend periodically checking your lawn mower blade through out the season to ensure your getting the best cut for your lawn.

Why is a sharp blade important? 

A dull mower blade will shred the grass blades, causing a brown appearance.  This will also leave your lawn more susceptible to disease problems.

How do i know when my blades need sharping? 

Check your grass blades first off..  If the lawn has that brown appearance, even after you know you haven’t got to much off at one time, its a good sign it may be time to sharpen that blade.  Take a look at the grass blades. Are the ends shredded and frayed? thats your sign…  Also, take a visible look at the blade, its normally pretty obvious just by getting a visual on the condition.  Chips and dings in the blade are a good sign it may be time to sharpen or even replace the lawn mower blade.

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WEED ID – Spotted Spurge

Spotted spurge can be a common broadleaf weed to see during the summer in your lawn. It is a very low growing weed with a shallow root system. Spurge will be found growing in areas with dry, compacted soil.  With the dry weather this year, you may see this pop up in areas of thin turf, where the ground is particularly dry and compacted.  Controlling this weed once it emerges can be quite difficult at times.  Creating a dense healthy stand of grass by properly watering, fertilizing as well as pre-emergent control are the best options for controlling this weed.


Lawn Mowing Tip #1 – Mowing to much off at one time.

Proper mowing of the lawn is a good way to ensure the best results from our lawn care program and to help maintain a more green and healthy lawn.  We always recommend to never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one cutting.  On actively growing turf, such as warm season grasses during the summer, it may be required that you mow your lawn every 3 to 5 days or at the  minimum every 7 days for the best cut quality and best appearance.

Why scalping late in the season is bad!

When you remove to much grass off at one time, your essentially “shocking” the lawn, and doing more harm than anything.  During dry times this can be especially hard on the lawn, because it isn’t growing as fast, and the scalped areas may not return for quite some time.  Scalping the lawn late in the season is particularly bad because as the weather cools as we near fall, the grass will slow its growth. Its possible that these “scalped” areas will not recover from this until spring green up…  This can mean a thin lawn all winter,  and thin lawns can be more susceptible to weed infestations.