Lawn Care FAQs

Many customers throughout southeast Georgia and Florida ask us what they can do to increase and maintain the health and beauty of their lawns. We’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked lawn care questions and our answers below.

How much—and how often—should I water my lawn?
Backyard lawn with sprinkler system installed watering the lawnMany lawns suffer from lack of water. However, it is possible to over-water your lawn—especially if you’re not factoring in rainfall.

An optimal watering schedule for most lawns is three days per week, assuming it rains one time during the week. If there is no rainfall within the week, add in a fourth watering.

Aim for between a quarter-inch and half-an-inch of water at each session, which generally equates to about an hour of watering. One simple way to gauge how much water your lawn is getting during a session is to set a few plastic cups around the yard before watering and measure the quantity afterwards.

How often and to what height should I mow my lawn?

We recommend mowing to a height of three inches, measured from the soil to the top of the blade. Keeping your grass at this height will help eliminate many problems—including most weeds—and result in a thicker, greener, softer lawn. You can also save money on your water bill by keeping your lawn no shorter than three inches, as grass at this height will shade the soil and reduce water evaporation.

Mowing frequently—between every five to 10 days—is ideal.

What type of grass do I have?

Though we can’t properly identify the type of grass in your yard without an inspection, there are three main types that we generally deal with in southeast Georgia and Florida: St. Augustine, centipede and zoysia.

Why does my lawn have brown spots?
straight on view of green lawn with brown dead spotsMany customers we talk to think that a brown spot on their lawn must be attributed to a lack of water. While dryness can lead to discoloration, a brown spot on a generally cared-for lawn is more likely due to insect damage. We commonly deal with two types of grass-eating insect: chinch bugs and mole crickets.

Chinch bugs are tiny insects—not much bigger than fleas—that kill grass by sucking the sap right out of the blades. Chinch bugs also inject a poisonous substance into the grass that disrupts water movement, essentially choking the grass out and killing it.

Mole crickets, on the other hand, feed on grass roots. These insects are especially dangerous to lawns because watering a brown spot that is infested with mole crickets will only help them thrive and move on to other parts of your lawn.

If you notice browning or discoloration on your lawn, it’s important to call your lawn care provider right away—don’t wait until your next scheduled treatment.

How often should I have my lawn treated?

After an initial lawn inspection and treatment, every 30 days is the standard treatment period.

How long will it take to restore my lawn’s health and get it looking good?

The answer depends heavily on the history of the lawn and the level of involvement on the part of the homeowner. How old is the lawn? What types of treatment—if any—have been applied over the past few years? How healthy is the soil? How frequently is the grass watered and mowed? These are all questions we ask during an initial assessment to help determine a treatment plan.

It’s important to understand that restoring a lawn to its optimal health and beauty will take some time. For example, if the lawn has gone untouched and untreated for 10 years, it may take five to get it looking good again.

What can I do on my own to ensure my lawn’s health?

The two most important things a homeowner can do for their lawn’s health are to mow and water regularly.

Professional treatment, while important for optimal lawn health and beauty, is only one piece of the puzzle and only occurs every 30 days. Frequent watering and mowing are the single biggest factors in a lawn’s overall health.

What can Peachtree do for my lawn?

The professionals at Peachtree Lawn and Ornamental can help you get the most out of your lawn by first providing a comprehensive inspection and analysis to determine:

  • Grass type
  • Soil pH
  • Specific weeds, lawn pests and any other issues your lawn is experiencing

After the initial audit, we draw up a completely customized lawn care plan that includes a monthly treatment and annual soil analysis.

Treatment services can include:

  • Spraying for insects and lawn pests
  • Spraying for weeds
  • Lawn fertilization
  • Core aeration to loosen tight, compacted soil
  • Minor irrigation work and watering consultation
  • Treatment of ornamentals for disease, insects and soil deficiencies

To learn more about how Peachtree can help restore and maintain your lawn’s health, give us a call or fill out the form below.

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