Expert Lawn Care Tips

Lawn Mowing Tips from Nature's Select™ Premium Turf Services, Inc.

Mowing Tips

While mowing may seem intuitive, there’s actually an art to it, and properly mowed lawns are healthier. Nature's Select™ technicians understand these important lawn maintenance tips.

  • Avoid “scalping” your grass. Scalping is letting the grass grow tall and then removing more than one-third of the leaf blade.
  • Mowing the lawn too low can also cause damage.
  • Sharpen your lawn mower blades several times each growing season. Dull blades can shred grass and cause discoloration at the tips.
  • Raise the mower height slightly when your lawn is recovering from drought, insect damage, or disease.
  • Avoid cutting your grass when it is wet. This can lead to brown spots from clippings clumping together and smothering your lawn.
  • The ideal frequency for cutting your lawn is dependent on the growth of your grass. But as mentioned above, don’t cut more than a one-third of the grass blade in one mowing.

Watering Tips from Nature's Select™ Premium Turf Services, Inc.

Watering & Drought Tips

Drought is dangerous for any landscape because drought-stressed lawns are most susceptible to damage from disease and insects.

  • For established lawns, water deeply about once a week to encourage deeper root growth. Be sure to moisten the top three to four inches of soil which covers the root zone. On average, most grasses need about an inch of water each week.
  • Water in the morning hours so the leaves can dry off a bit before the hot sun hits them. Evening hours is sometimes acceptable if the temperature is warm enough to insure foliage drying out before the temperature drops overnight. Wet leaves and foliage makes them more susceptible to fungus and diseases.
  • Water the lawn once the grass begins to discolor and wilt. Once your lawn has turned brown and lost all color during the drought, it will take several weeks of steady watering to spur regrowth.

Aeration & Seeding Tips from Nature's Select™ Premium Turf Services, Inc.

Aeration & Seeding Tips

  • The heavily compacted clay soils of the Piedmont restrict the water and air content of the soil, which are very important to plant and grass growth and health.
  • Aerating is the process of removing cores of soil. This breaks up the compacted soil and provides oxygen for the roots and helps develop rich topsoil.
  • Your grass will have greater nutrient uptake giving you better and deeper root growth.
  • The average life cycle of fescue is about three years. Every year, the normal fescue lawn loses about one-third of grass; it only makes sense to replace it.

No matter the season, Nature's Select™ is ready to help you with all your select lawn care needs. Our biological products are effective, sustainable, and easy on pollinators. Contact us today at (336) 768-7999 to request your free estimate.