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.

  • ​​Mulching your grass provides up to 25% of your lawns annual nutrition.
  • Mulching grass reduces yard waste, and land fill waste by 20%-40% during a season.
  • Mulching grass saves time - an average of 30 min less, and more on larger properties.
  • Mulching isn’t the cause of thatch problems, over watering and over fertilizing is.
  • Mulching can reduce the amount of water a lawn needs, it keeps grass crowns and the soil cooler and moister.
  • Grass clippings are 80%-85% water and break down in a few weeks when mulched.
  • Always keep your blades sharp, grass will recover faster. Dull blades shred and create a white tip appearance.
  • Only cut the top 1/3 of your lawns height, it lowers stress and reserves more water for the grass blades. Taller grass is greener and hides lawn blemish, shorter grass is brown and reveals blemish.
  • Mow in different directions each time you cut,  north/south one week & east/west the next.This avoids tire tracking, un-even grass, and compaction. This  creates curb appeal due to the striping effect.
  • Mow on average 1-2 times per week. This really depends on the lawns height, vigor and you. 
  • Avoid mowing your lawn when saturated with water or puddles. This reduces lines, ruts, mower clogs and clumping.

  • Never refuel or lubricate any equipment on the lawn, and clean off any excess spillage from tires...etc. Lawns may never recover from these contaminants. Soils may require some reclamation.

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.