-Avoid over-watering (can cause lawn disease).
-Minimize evaporation by watering early in the day.
-Most lawns need only 1 inch of water each week to stay green during Seattle summers and only half that much in the fall (use small tuna can to measure the amount of water reaching the grass).
-Water dormant lawns once a month during dry summer season to control thatch buildup (thoroughly enough to wet to a depth of several inches).
-Aerate bi-annually and de-thatch every 1-3 years to improve water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil.
-Lawns in the Northwest respond well to fertilizer application 4 times a year: Early Spring, Late Spring, Early Fall, Late Fall.
-Do not apply fertilizer during summer months.
-Lime reduces soil acidity and provides a better environment for your grass (soils in Seattle are generally acidic and chemical fertilizers add to the soil acidity).
-Lime can be applied any time of the year, and no waiting period is necessary between liming and fertilizing; however, two weeks is typically recommended.
-When applying lime to an established lawn, it is beneficial to apply in conjunction with core aeration.
-It is recommended to do a soil test of your lawn every four years to determine the pH and nutrition needs.
-Perform 1-4 times per year, depending on type of soil, amount of use the yard sees, and growth rate of lawn verses weeds/moss.
-Go over the area twice, in different directions (two-pass) to ensure the best results.
-See aeration description under the Renovation Services section of the Services tab for more information.
-Perform every 1-3 years to improve access to water and nutrients and/or replace moss/weed invasions with healthy lawn.
-See de-thatching description under the Renovation Services section of the Services tab for more information.