Feet of Clay
by Russell Matthews
Healthy, Lush Green Lawns
Watering Your Lawn
Don't water on a fixed schedule, only when your plants tell you they are thirsty. Grass blades that do not spring back when walked on or bend away from the hot rays of the sun are cries for water.
General Rule of Thumb
|Spring and Fall||0 to 3 deep waterings a month|
|Summer||3 to 4 deep waterings a month|
|Winter||0 to 2 if possible|
Don't over water: Decrease the water you apply by the amount of rain that falls, but when you do water, apply one to three inches of water over the entire area(s) that require it.
Mowing Your Lawn
- Don't scalp your lawn. Mowing at the proper height and right time for your grass helps reduce weeds and requires less water and results in fewer mowings.
- Don't bag clippings. Leaving them on the lawn will account for about 30% of your annual fertilizer needs.
- Never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade for any mowing and leave clipping that are more than 1" long.
- Use a different walking pattern each time you mow and fertilize your lawn.
Suggested Moving Heights
|Type of Grass||Spring||Summer||Fall|
|Fescues and Mixes||3-4"||3-4"||3-4"|
Insects, weeds, fungus, bacteria and disease are seldom problems in lawns maintained naturally.
SOIL COMPACTION: aerate your lawn using compost and rock powders and stop using chemically engineered fertilizer, pesticide, fungicide and all those other 'cides that eat you alive literally and figuratively year after year.