To encourage your lawn to thicken, we recommend mowing only when the grass reaches a 3-4″ height. Scalping it lower only encourages more light penetration, and then weeds spring up. Watering is best done in the early morning hours so that the blades can thoroughly dry off. An inch of rain per week is all that is needed to keep organic lawns green!
In our work and visits to new clients, we can feel under our feet compacted soil many times. Soil compaction restricts water and air movement and then limits how deep grass roots can grow. Compaction is often what is left behind after construction, renovation or frequent foot traffic. We suggest you limit traffic off the lawn when it is moist.
By around August 15 we will begin our season of fall lawn renovation: overseeding, topdressing and aerating work. We’ll wait for cooler night temperatures and more frequent rainfall to return to best support the growth of new grass seed. Please let Chuck or Priscilla know if you’d like your lawn’s health assessed to determine if its in need of renovation this season.