If you can’t understand why your neighbor’s lawn always stays go lush and green all year long, it’s time to get your Grass in gear and listen up to these two Lawn Care tips that will change your life.  While some may argue there are numerous reasons for a Brown Lawn, here we will discuss the most common reasons for having a sharp contrast between two adjoining turf areas. Lawn Diseases here in Connecticut are a complex issue, but rarely only affect one area enough to be considered for this example.

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Mowing Height

The thing that is most unsettling is driving down Boston Post Road in Madsion and Guilford and seeing so many brown lawns during the summer.  Most of these are noticeably Mowed at the incorrect height. Mowing your grass too low damages the Grass blades, allows weeds to thrive, and diminishes the plants abilities to retain water.  Here are some key facts to proper Lawn Mowing Height, with a height chart for the most common Grass Types.

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  1. Mow grass no more 1/3 of its current height. Cutting the Grass plant to agressiveley stresses it and causes it too go dormant in an effort to repair itself.
  2. Mow frequently.  Bi-weekly or longer mowing allows grass to grow too long and is a risk for thatch formation.
  3. Heights between 2-4 inches will help the Grass retain more moisture, give more sahde to the soil, and “choke” our more weeds.
  4. A properly maintained mower with sharp blades will allow for a cleaner cut, causing less stress on the blades of grass
  5. Mulching the clippings is always reccomended over bagging as the recycled organic material feeds the soil with nitrogen and other nutrients.

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Grass Needs Water Too!

It is very common to in Connecticut to see beautiful Flower and Vegetable gardens with small shrub-head sprinkler systems.  While your Hydrangeas and Tomatoes are flourishing, it’s your Lawn that is in need of that essential H2O.  While it is common to want to throw a bunch of chemicals at our Lawns, without water, your lawn will turn itself off. Here are some basics for proper watering of the most common Grass Types in CT.

  1. Water at least once a week, no more than 3 times a week
  2. Use an empty tuna can to measure how much water is being delivered.  You should aim for about 1 inch a week, or one tuna can.
  3. Maintain watering schedule with natural rainfall in your area.
  4. Water early or late in the day. Watering during the mid-day heat will cause evaporation and be less effective.
  5. If water usage is a financial or ecological issue for you, explore rain collection systems that can be connected to automatic sprinklers.

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