MOWINGis the most overlooked practice in the lawn program. Most often lawns are
mowed too close which depletes the vigor of the grass, allows drying out of the soil
surface, allows weeds to invade the lawn, and invites disease and insect problems.
Appropriate cutting heights are:
Turf-type tall fescue ---------2 ½ - 3” Ryegrasses ---------------------2– 2 ½” Kentucky
bluegrass ----------1 ½ – 2 ½” Fine fescue --------------------2 – 2 ½” Zoysia---------------------------1/2”
As a general rule, never remove more than 1/3 of the total leaf blade at any one
mowing. If grass clippings are not excessive, leave them on the lawn. Clippings
return essential plant nutrients and organic matter to the soil.
IRRIGATIONis generally not required. The lawn may look unattractive during the
drought of summer but will usually recover with the rains and cool weather of fall.
If you desire a high-quality appearance, the lawn should be watered as soon as the
grass shows signs of wilting. Apply enough water to moisten the soil 6 inches deep
– equivalent to applying 1 inch of water. Water in the early morning, if possible.
This allows the grass blades time to dry. Cool evening temperatures and wet grass
spell potential disease problems.
FERTILIZER AND WEED CONTROL SCHEDULE: Late March-early April ---Fertilome Crabgrass
Preventer Plus Lawn Food. (Apply when the Forsythia shrub blooms).
Early May ---Fertilome
Classic Lawn Food
Late May ---spray Fertilome Trimec Weed Killer for control of broadleaf weeds. Use
a hose end sprayer for best results.
Early June ---if your lawn is thin use Hi-Yield Crabgrass Preventer for better control
Late September or October ---Fertilome Winterizerkeeps the lawn greener longer in
the fall and promotes quicker green-up for the following spring.
LIME is generally required for lawns in southern Illinois. Lime raises the pH of
the soil. The ideal pH for grass is 6.0 to 7.0. Generally lime should be applied
every 3-5 years, but, to be sure, we recommend having a soil test done every 3 years.
See us for soil test information.