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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I cut my lawn?

The time between cuts depends on many variables like the type of grass, the quality of the soil, and the amount of water your lawn receives. In general, grass grows a little faster in the spring and fall when more rain is present. Over the summer, grass growth slows. The best indicator that your lawn needs to be cut is your grass! If you notice your lawn is beginning to look shaggy or overgrown, it's time to cut it!

How can I get thick, green grass?

A healthy, rich lawn with lush, soft grass may be easier to attain than you think! It begins with good soil pH. If your soil is acidic, use chemicals such as Lime to raise the pH back to nuetral. Unfortunately, grass isn't the only thing that loves to grow in good soil - weeds love it too! Use quality weed killers and pre-emergents a few times per year to keep your weeds under control. Keep in mind that occasionally, you'll still need to get on your hands and knees and pull a few stubborn weeds (be sure to get the root!). Aerate your lawn every season, and make sure your lawn gets enough water!

Should I bag or mulch the grass clippings?

There are benefits to both mulching and bagging clippings. Mulched grass clippings accumulate on your lawn and can benefit the grass by retaining moisture and shading the roots from direct sunlight. However, mulching can be more messy to children who play in your lawn. If you decide to mulch on a regular basis, be sure to dethatch your lawn at least once per season. Without dethatching, grass clippings can create a thick layer on top of your lawn and actually choke out the grass.

How often should I aerate my lawn?

Once per season is a good rule. Core aerating helps your soil be allowing water and air to circulate deep into the ground. It also helps by breaking up tough soil and allowing more room for the grass roots to spread out and grow deeper into the ground. One of the best things about aerating is that it gives you a great opportunity to fertilize your lawn and get the fertilizer deep into ground. Check out this aerating article on aerating for some tips.

How do I get stripes in my lawn?

Lawn striping adds a "wow" factor to your lawn. They are associated with professional service because we see them in golf courses and baseball diamonds all the time. There are several ways you can attain a nicely striped lawn. Most push mowers come with a stiff piece of rubber or vinyl attached to the bottom of mower near the clippings bag which is designed to create the stripes. To achieve more dramatic results, you can buy a roller attachment for your push mower which is designed to roll the grass down as you mow. For a less expensive yet effective alternative, check out this tutorial on building your own lawn striper.