Here at Westside Grounds Lawn, Inc., we are happy to provide our clients’ with as many resources and help as possible to make sure your lawn is thriving and as happy as possible. Here are a few FAQs about lawn care:

Q: How high should I mow my lawn?
A: You should mow yourlawn at the highest setting on your mower or at least 3 inches. Each time you cut your lawn, your cut should be no more than 1/3 of the grass height.

Q: How often should I water my grass?
A: You should water deeply and infrequently. The general goal for most lawns is 1″ per week and is generally best if this is delivered all at once instead of over the span of several days.

Q: How should I water my lawn?
A: You should water deeply and infrequently. The goal for most lawns is 1″ per week, and it is best if that is delivered “all at once” instead of over several days.

Q: Does mulch contribute to thatch?
A: No, mulching does not contribute to thatch. Thatch is caused by roots growing near the surface of the lawn. Mulching will actually help to deter the thatch by helping with the decomposition process.

Q: How can I level a bumpy lawn?
A: For bumpy lawns, you can fill in low spots with a 1/4″ layer of topsoil or sand. You may need to gradually fill in a low spot to avoid smothering your grass. An alternative is to lift the sod with a shovel and fill with sand or topsoil to replace the sod.

Q: How can I get rid of weeds?
A: To avoid those pesky annual weeds, it will help to apply an application of pre-emergent herbicide prior to any seed germination. There are also pre-emergent herbicides to prevent many perennial type of broad leaf weeds. If any weeds do appear, you can apply a post-emergent herbicide or pull out the weeds by hand.

Q: For aeration, is spike or core better?
A: Most of the time core aeration is preferred simply because it removes the small cores of dirt to ease compaction. Spike aeration can often compress some types of soil and add to compaction issues later. Generally though, spike aeration is best for any sandy types of soil.

Q: Am I able to overseed my lawn and can I still apply a pre-emergent for weeds?
A: The overall majority of pre-emergents prevent germination of all types of seeds. A newer pre-emergent called Tupersan is a selective pre-emergent that is able to be used at the time of seeding to prevent any weed seed germination and allow grass seed germination.

For more information, you can visit the CSU Extension Services for more lawn care tips and information.