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Watering Tips for Central Ohio Lawns

Usually, here in Central Ohio, we have plenty of rainfall to keep a lawn in good condition. However, there are times when rainfall becomes erratic and your lawn can turn brown without providing supplemental watering.

Our lawns require about 1″ of water per week before they start going into dormancy. Obviously, if your lawn doesn’t get 1″ of water for 1 week, it’s not going to die or turn brown. However, if that lack of water starts to expand to 3 weeks, then the lawn will go dormant. Dormancy is a lawns way of surviving till the water returns. A lawn can survive in dormancy for many weeks before it dies. Although a dormant lawn looks bad, it will return in most cases except in extreme cases where adequate water is absent for more than a month (which happens rarely in Central Ohio).

It is best to water the lawn until runoff just begins, and avoid watering each day. The number of times to water each week depends on how long the irrigation system can run before water just starts to puddle or run off the soil surface laterally. For example, if your lawn needs 40 minutes of irrigation each week, but runoff begins after 20 minutes, then water twice a week for 20 minutes.

In cases where soil takes up water so slowly that runoff occurs before 10 minutes, water cycling may be necessary. To cycle, irrigate until runoff just begins, turn the system off, and repeat the process in 30 minutes before the soil surface dries out. Several cycles per day may be ...

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Lewis Center Mowing Tips

Great lawns don’t just grow, they have to be cut regularly. If you mow your own lawn, you should know that how you cut your lawn plays a big part in the health and appearance of your lawn. Don’t just assume that because you’ve been doing it this way for years and years, that you’re doing it right.

Beautiful, healthy lawns really set off everything about your home and landscape. Achieving that quality lawn does require a little extra effort, but the results are well worth those efforts. One place where you can make a big difference is in the way you cut your grass. The following are some great tips that will go a long way to improving your lawn’s health and appearance:

Don’t cut your grass too short, particular for our cool season grasses. Higher heights usually provide for a deeper root system, looks better, and is less likely to have weeds invading, particularly crabgrass.

Don’t remove any more than one-third of the grass leaf at any one cutting. If circumstances arise that a lawn gets too tall and you just have to lop off a bunch to get caught up, bite the bullet and break it down into several mowing’s to get caught up with 3 or so days between cuttings.

Try to avoid mowing when the grass is wet.

When mowing only a third with each cutting, you can safely leave clippings that will quickly decompose and add nutrients back into the soil. Contrary to popular opinion, grass clippings do not add to thatch buildup....

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