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LAWN CARE TIPS
 

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Healthy Lawn

 
MOWING AND WEED CONTROL

Proper mowing is an important practice in maintaining a desirable lawn. The critical factors are height of cut, frequency of mowing, and maintenance of mowing equipment.Height of cut:

Bahia grass 3.0"-3.5" Bermuda grass 1.0"-1.5" (spreader, not neighbor friendly)
Centipede grass 1.0"-1.5" St. Augustine grass 3.0"-3.5"
Bent grass 1.0" Zoysia grass 1.0" (spreader, not neighbor friendly)
Kentucky Bluegrass 2.5"-3.0" Fescues & Rye grass 2.5"-3.0"

Frequency

Grass should be mowed frequently enough that no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is removed. If the desired cutting height is 2.5-3 inches, the grass should be cut before it is 4 inches high.

Average price to get lawn mower blade sharpened: $4

Mower Maintenance

Mower blades require frequent sharpening and balancing. A dull mower blade will shred the grass blades, producing a poor appearance. The mower wheels should be checked for correct height for a level cut.

Grass clippings should be allowed to remain on the lawn to recycle plant nutrients.

 

CRABGRASS
Crabgrass

Crabgrass is one of the most common and troublesome of lawn weeds. Crabgrass is an annual weed that germinates from seed in late spring. It produces large amounts of seed each year. The seed can remain in soil for years and germinates when conditions for growth are favorable. The best way to avoid crabgrass is to maintain a thick, healthy lawn. 

Proper mowing and watering help to thicken your lawn. Mow your lawn tall, at the height listed above. Avoid scalping your lawn or mowing it too short.

Scalping encourages crabgrass to establish and spread by allowing light important for crabgrass development to reach the soil's surface. Avoid light frequent watering or excess watering. Soil that is constantly wet promotes crabgrass seed development. Water only as needed to sustain your lawn's color and health.

Proper fertilization and preemergent herbicide applications in spring help reduce this weed's appearance in your lawn. Your proper watering and mowing further reduces the chance that this common weed will detract from your lawn's appearance.

 

 

 

 

dallisgrass
Dallisgrass

Dallisgrass is a vigorous perennial grassy weed that grows during spring and summer months throughout the Southeast, Texas, Arizona and some parts of California. This stubborn weed grows in clumps with wide, light green leaves and stiff stems radiating from the center, looking very much like spokes on a wheel and similar to crabgrass. Leaves and stems lay flat against the ground in mowed lawns and numerous clumps can grow together to form a solid stand.

This unattractive, coarsely textured weed spreads by seed and short, thickened rhizomes which can be distributed by topsoil, grain straw mulch, or the wind. The seed heads of Dallisgrass can grow taller than two feet and can reappear within two days of mowing.

Dallisgrass goes dormant in the winter and then re-sprouts the following spring. It is very difficult to control and invades all turf grasses. Effective postermergence control products are limited. Herbicides that selectively control Dallisgrass usually require two to three applications spaced seven to ten days apart and can cause temporary discoloration of some grass types. A nonselective herbicide is effective but will injure surrounding turf as well. The only other effective alternative is to physically remove the weed.

To prevent reinfestation of Dallisgrass, it is important to keep the lawn thick and health with proper maintenance practices and sprint applications of preemergence herbicides.