Index

At What Height Should My Lawn Be Cut?

Can My Grass Be Cut Shorter?

What Day Of The Week Will My Lawn Be Cut?

Can I Request A Specific Day For Service?

What If My Lawn Doesn't Need To Me Cut?

How Often Should I Water My Lawn?

Should I Install An Irrigation System?

How Do I Add A Credit Card To My Account?

 


At What Height Should My Lawn Be Cut?

We get this question a lot. The short answer is between 3.25" and 3.75". Read on for more details.

We follow the guidelines put forth by Cornell University College of Agriculture on turf care. You can learn more about that by clicking here. Here are a few highlights:

In the Northeast, lawns are composed of cool-season grasses. There are several varieties of cool-season grasses, the most common are Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall and Fine Fescue, and Perennial Ryegrass. Unless you sought out a specific variety of grass, your lawn is almost certainly a combination of these varieties. Some of these varieties perform better in different conditions, so a common practice is to seed a new lawn with a mixture of different varieties. Parts of you lawn with lots of shade will allow some varieties to thrive, and parts that get full sun will allow other varieties to thrive.


Can you cut my lawn shorter?

Maybe. If we're already cutting your turf at 3.25", we won't cut it any shorter than that. The bottom line is that all cool season grasses are healthiest when cut between 3.25" and 3.75". Cutting it shorter is not only stressful on your turf, which makes it more vulnerable to pest and disease, it also lets more sunlight hit the surface of the ground, which promotes weed growth. When grass is tall enough to shade the ground, new weed seeds that sprout are starved of sunlight and die. We get this request most often when a client is receiving every-other week service. If you feel your lawn is too long, you may need to consider switching to weekly service. 

Remember, for your turf to stay healthy, you should ideally be cutting no more than 1/3 of the hight of the grass off. So if your grass is 4" to 5" after a week of growth, cutting it down to 3.5" is ideal. If your grass is 6.5" after two weeks and you ask us to cut it down to 3.25", what you're asking us to do is stress out your turf.

You may be thinking to yourself "But what about my local golf course?" Putting greens and fairways are seeded with a specific variety of grass that can tolerate being cut very short. The most common of which is Penncross Bentgrass. While this variety can tolerate being cut short, it also requires much more maintenance. In order to stay green at this height, it is cut roughly every day depending on weather, and a very extensive fertilization program is in place. This is not practical for a typical residential lawn.

If you have any further questions about how we care for your lawn, just click on the "Contact" link at the top of the page.


What day of the week will my lawn be cut?

We schedule all mow & trim services between Monday and Thursday. We do this because in order to work around the weather, we must have Friday and Saturday available as make-up days for weeks with poor weather. While you will be scheduled on the same day every week, please understand that we are not able to commit to a specific day. Most of the time your lawn will be mowed on the same day. In the event we're not able to service your property on the scheduled day, we will mow no sooner than 6 days, and no more than 8 days after the previous mowing. On very, very rare occasions (generally caused by extended periods of very bad weather) we will deviate from this rule.


Can I Request A Specific Day For Service?

We can not accommodate day-specific mowing requests. In order to keep our pricing competitive and our quality exceptional, we use software to optimize our routing and logistics. This means your property will be added to our schedule in the place that results in the least amount of driving. Our clients greatly value our reliability. We're able to deliver reliable weekly service because we don't make day-specific commitments. Weather is always a factor that has to be worked around. Sometimes it's hot and dry, sometimes it's wet and rainy, but you will never be left wondering why we didn't show up to perform service, because we will always show up.


WHAT IF MY LAWN DOESN'T NEED TO BE Cut?

Occasionally if the weather has been hot and dry for an extended period of time, and your lawn does not have irrigation, it may not need to be cut. We will not skip a mowing unless the crew leader determines that mowing will be harmful to your lawn. If you would like us to skip your service on a given week, please let us know as soon as possible by replying to the dispatch notification. If you wait until the crew arrives on-site, you will be charged for the mowing.


How Often Should I Water My Lawn?

The short answer is about 1-2 times per week, for 45-60 minutes per irrigation zone. Many people set their irrigation systems up to water every other day for 10-20 minutes. This wets the top 1-2" of soil. Because this is where the water is, this is where the grass develop most of its root system. When it's very hot and dry, the top 1-2" of soil is the first thing to dry out. By watering frequently you are training your turf to be very intolerant of dry weather. By watering one to 2 times per week (once per week for soils with a lot of organic material, twice per week for sandy soils) for a longer period, you are wetting the soil several inches down. This causes the grass to strengthen its root system several inches below the surface of the soil. When the weather is very hot and dry, it takes much longer for the lower layers of soil to dry out. This produces a more drought-tolerant and healthier turf.