When should you start mowing the lawn, and how often should it be done?

The most common cold season grass varieties like Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue need to be mowed by professional lawn care company every week. Hold off the mowing till you have given the grass enough time to grow to a height to 4 to 5 inches. Generally, you should keep the grass at a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. This gives it significant drought and heat resistance. Also, this height leads to deeper rooting, which will help you to save water and fertilizer. A few more tips to remember when mowing cool-season grasses are:
• Mulch the grass clippings for natural and organic lawn fertilization.
• Sharpen mower blades regularly to prevent stressing the plants.
• Sharp blades also help against fungal growth.
• Don’t remove more than 1/3rd of the total blade length at one time.
• For longer blades, mow once on high setting and a second time a few days later at a low setting to prevent going over the 1/3rd limit.
• Scalped or short trimmed grass has a smaller root system and is more susceptible to heat and drought damage. So, don’t go overboard with your mowing.

A few tips for watering the lawn

• As long as the weather brings frequent rain showers and cold temperatures, you don’t have to water the lawn.
• Although spring droughts are rare in the northern part of the country, if you have a dry spring this year, do water the yard once a week.
• Cold season grasses will go dormant during extreme drought and will turn yellow but they will regain their verdant look once the rain and cooler temperatures return.
• Early morning is the best time to water the lawn. So, schedule your watering between 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
• The first visible sign of dehydration can be seen in the form of wilting or a bluish tinge on the blades.
• To test soil moisture, try to make a ball with the soil extracted from the first six inches of the ground. If you get a moist, but not drippy, soil ball, the moisture level is just right.

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