Mowing, Bagging & Mulching
Q. When should I mow, bag & mulch?
A. When you mow your lawn frequently and properly you can leave mulched clippings on the lawn. This is because microbial activity can break it down fast. If your lawn is overgrown and full of weeds, do your best to collect the clippings. Constantly adding heavy loads of clippings can smother out sections of lawns, create thatch build-up, spread noxious weeds and permit disease.
Remember your lawn is not a golf green, mow high and regularly. Try keeping your lawn around 2.5"- 4.0" overall. By mowing to low you can risk scalping your lawn. Mowing low adds stress, exposes brown grasses, blemishes, increases weed germination, speeds up dehydration, and limits root growth. Mowing high does the complete opposite. This technique will promote deep healthy roots, less watering, increase energy, less weeds, increase drought tolerance, hide blemishes, and decreases stress factors. Your lawn will benefit so much by mowing high - so start doing it ASAP.
Q. When do I water and how much?
A. Try to water 1 inch per week, mornings if possible. This is usually when community water pressure is at its peak. Winds are also lower, so hitting intended targets are better. If a screw driver slides 5-6 inches into the soil easily you've watered plenty. 45-60 min per zone is usually enough depending on your watering system and soil compaction. You want to keep the root zone moist. If this task is difficult hire a professional to aerate the lawn, this will alleviate some compaction. To calibrate your watering system place a soup can in the sprinkler zone, see how long it takes to fill with 1 inch of water. This will give an approximate watering time based on your watering system. Mid afternoons are much hotter so more water is lost to evaporation and frequent night watering can lead to mildew & fungus growth. Foot prints, folded leaf blades, grayish colours, and prickly sensations when walking barefoot are signals of lawn thirst - so water ASAP. Remember to hydrate your lawn deeply and weekly. A good drink once / week will lower water bills, produce better results and keep a lawn greener during the dry periods.