Frequently Asked Questions
These days we receive so many questions about organic lawn care that we thought we’d put together a cheat sheet with the most common ones. If you still have questions or feel overwhelmed fell free to email or call us at (860) 873-1128
How high should I mow?
Mow high, 3.5-4 inches, i.e. the grass should be roughly 4.5 inches before you cut it down to 3.5 inches. Mowing high increases blade surface area so the grass plant can grow better, photosynthesize better, and become thicker. This combination will help prevent crabgrass.
Is it ok to mow when the grass is wet?
Avoid mowing in wet conditions. Mowing in wet conditions is harmful to the soil because it greatly increases compaction. Quite often it will require core aeration to correct the problem if done too often.
I missed a mowing, now what?
If you miss a mowing, do not cut off any more than one third of the grass blade in any single mowing, cut off one third and wait a few days, then cut off another third if you need to. Removing more than one third of the grass blades at a time will shock the plant and it will shed roots and go dormant for around 28 days before it tries to grow again, this is not a healthy practice for your lawn.
I havenвЂ™t sharpened my blades lately, should I worry?
Only use sharp mower blades. It will be healthier for the grass and also save fuel. Dull blades tear the edge of the grass blade and leaves a much greater area for diseases to get in. a smooth cut is much less injured surface area. The tattered edge of the grass blades will die and can leave a brownish cast to your lawn.
Should I water my lawn?
Water deeply if you must water. Longer durations of watering time allow the water to penetrate deeper and the grass will grow deeper roots in order to get to the water that soaked in deeper, in the end it will give the lawn better drought tolerance.
Do I need to have a 100% pest free lawn?
A few pests are a good thing. Yes, we know this sounds strange, but we can justify it. In a truly balanced organic system, there will be enough food for the beneficial predatory insects to live on; unfortunately their food is our pests. Healthy turf will be able to support some pests and still look good.
Mulch or bag?
Use mulching blades and return clippings to the lawn. When you return the clippings they become food for the microbes. This increases the organic matter of the soil (acts as a fertilizer) and in turn will allow soil to hold more fertilizer so the grass can get to it. It also improves C.E.C. and organic matter, which can means better drought tolerance.
Should I mulch leaves?
Mow up light coatings of leaves, but clean up heavy coatings that will mat down and smother the grass. Leaves break down just like the grass clippings and will help improve the organic matter content of your soil.
When is the best time to plant grass?
The best time to plant grass is in the fall, but planting bare areas in the spring is better than waiting until fall. Fall is when weed seed competition is the least, moisture is relatively constant, and excessive heat is rare. This gives the best chance for the grass seeds to germinate and survive.