Q: When's the best time of year to fertilize and treat my lawn?
A: The best time to treat your lawn is to start in the spring before lawns start growing so that the right pre-emergents are put down to prevent pests. At any time of the year you can start fertilizing and pest control to make your lawn greener and healthier for the future.
Q: What height should my lawn be mowed at?
A: For a healthy lawn you should always keep your mower blades sharp and not cut off more than one third of the grass blade. Rusty or dull blades rip the grass rather than cutting which could result in disease activity. In the spring when the grass is rapidly growing lawns can be cut around 2.5 inches and cut more frequently due to rapid growth. During hot summer months the grass should be cut around 3.5-4 inches to shade the roots to help prevent drought stress. Mulching your clippings helps recycle about 50 % back into the soil.
Q: Should I water my lawn?
A: Proper watering is a key aspect to a healthy lawn. When watering make sure that the entire lawn gets covered evenly. Early morning watering is the best time to irrigate because the grass is cool and water soaks into the soil deeper and easier. Irrigating in the evening could result in diseases to occur.
Q: Do I need to aerate?
A: Aerating is one of the best things that you can do to your lawn. This opens up the soil to let water, oxygen, and nutrients ease into the soil to improve root development for a thicker lawn.
Q: What is slow release fertilizer?
A: Slow release fertilizer is small granules of nutrients that feed the grass in small doses to maintain steady growth and color. This is a better approach to reduce the risk of nitrogen burns and leaching.
Q: Can I mow my lawn after a treatment?
A: We recommend that you wait 24 hours after a fertilizer treatment to mow. This allows fertilizer to settle down to the roots and increases weed control.
Q: Do I need to put lime on my yard and how often?
A: Connecticut soil tends to have a low pH level. Adding lime to your lawn will help correct the soils pH for plants to utilize soil nutrients. Most lawns should have lime put down at least once a year to maintain the correct pH level.