LAWN CARE FAQ
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive about lawn care and grass. If you have any other questions about maintaining your yard, installing sod, fertilizing, or watering, feel free to ask!
You can contact the team at The Grass Store with any grass questions.
WHAT ARE THE PROPER MOWING PRACTICES TO KEEP MY LAWN HEALTHY?
Proper mowing is essential to the health of your yard. If you cut the grass too short, you can damage the root systems, thin your lawn, decrease its resistance to drought and disease, and increase the amount of weeds you see.
You should set your mower height to about 3 inches for the spring and try not to cut more than ⅓ of the grass blade each time you mow. Moreover, remember to keep the blades of your mower sharp.
Don’t collect any clippings unless you have clumps. Grass clippings return important nutrients to the soil when they decompose.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT BROWN PATCHES OR DEAD PATCHES IN MY LAWN?
Brown patches don’t necessarily mean dead. However, it can be a sign of disease or infestation, especially near curbs or walkways. If the grass is dead, you can remove the area, add compost or topsoil and add a new piece of sod.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT LAWN PROBLEMS?
Your best bet to prevent disease in your yard is proper mowing and watering. Keep an eye on your lawn for signs of common lawn problems. If you are unsure what to do, visit your local garden center or give us a call! We are happy to help whenever we are able.
Most importantly, don’t wait for the damage to spread! Early action is key.
DE-THATCH OR AERATION? WHAT’S BETTER?
You should de-thatch your lawn when it becomes matted down or has a lot of dry, brown grass. You should do this after severe winter weather such as freezes are no longer likely. If you wait for your grass to green up, de-thatching only tears up the new grass.
De-thatching isn’t always necessary here in Texas. However, aeration can be done every year. This is one of the healthiest things you can do to ensure your grass lasts longer and stays healthy.