- As a routine maintenance practice, your lawn should be aerated every 2-3 years. Aerations help to break up the thatch layer in your lawn as well as alleviate compacted soils and allow for ideal root development. Aerations are also done as a component to soil amendment programs to allow the nutrients to get into the soil more effectively.
- Keep your grass tall. Your lawn wasn't designed to practice your putting. Proper mowing heights for lawns in central Indiana is between 2½ to 3½ inches throughout the season. You should cut it lower for the last mow of the season.
- Try not to cut more than a third of the leaf off in one mow. If your lawn has gotten a bit out of control, plan on cutting it in stages to avoid causing undue stress.
- Keep your blades sharp. Sharp blades make a nice clean cut, whereas a dull blade will rip the leaf, making recovery more difficult and allows for possible pest invasions to occur.
- Try not to bag your clippings. The grass you cut off when you mow your lawn contain nutrients and organic material that aid in developing a strong, healthy lawn. If the clippings are too heavy, and pile up on your lawn after mowing, try to scatter the clippings around with a rake or blower.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Lawns typically need about 1 inch of water per week, maybe a bit more in the summer. Try to water as few times a week as possible. It is better to water for 30 minutes twice a week than it is to water for 15 minutes four times a week.
- The best time of day to water is early in the morning (3am-4 am). To reduce the potential for damaging diseases to make your lawn their home, try to minimize the amount of time the grass is exposed to moisture, meaning water the lawn when it is already wet from the dew that forms overnight. The earlier you water in the evening, the longer the grass is exposed to moisture. The later in the morning you water, the likelihood of some of that water evaporates and you do not get the results you expect from watering your lawn. Mid-day watering, especially during the summer, is not recommended.