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2013-06-26 13.01.55The most important factors in maintaining a lawn are, 1. cutting frequency, 2. cutting height, and 3. sharpness of your lawnmower blades. If any of these is off, it will damage your lawn. Cutting too short is probably the number one mistake that do-it-yourselfers make on their own lawns. It is also the most frequent request we hear from our lawn care customers.

Cutting too short doesn’t allow the root system to grow. Short on top means short roots. Short roots means your lawn is weak, and will burn out after the first heat wave. Much like a tree, the taller your grass grows, the bigger the root system and the better able your grass is to support itself. In a drought, a lawn with longer roots will be able to extract moisture from lower points in the ground and survive longer.

Cutting too short makes it easier for weeds to gain a foothold in your lawn. A lawn that is allowed to grow a bit longer will develop what is known as a pre-emergent layer. When you cut grass too short, you break this layer, allowing weed seeds to germinate and take over your yard.

Cutting too short generates too many clippings, which in time will build a layer of harmful thatch into your lawn. The fallen clippings are slow to break down, basically becoming a layer of dead grass (thatch). The thatch will then become matted against the ground in your lawn, preventing the lawn from being able to breathe and absorb moisture. You will get thatch if you either cut too short or cut too infrequently. This is like throwing huge piles of clippings into your lawn.

The final reason – if you keep your lawn cropped high, the grass will thicken and fill into that space. It’s a lot like trimming a shrub. If you trim a shrub with enough regularity, instead of becoming taller, the shrub grows fuller – it is the plant growing within itself. As far as lawns, follow this method and yours will be thicker, which is exactly what you want.

How short is too short?

The ideal cutting height for any lawn in zone 6 is 3 ¾ to 4 inches. There is never a need to go any shorter. In fact: you never want to cut more than ¾ of the total length of the grass blade because it’s harmful to the grass itself as a plant. You basically only want to cut the top half of a blade of grass, ever.

My personal opinion: grass that’s a little bit taller feels softer under your feet. A lawn that’s scalped feels prickly and less like a carpet.

Need expert lawn care in Hunterdon County, NJ? Contact Mike at 4 Seasons Lawn Care for a quote today: call 908 783 5733 or email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com

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STEP 1: Add topsoil to the uneven/bumpy areas.

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STEP 2: Smooth it out with a rake.

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STEP 3: Sprinkle grass seed over bare patches.

Add hay to prevent grass seed from blowing away/being watered away, and for even absorption of water.

STEP 4: Add hay to prevent grass seed from blowing away/being watered away, and for even absorption of water.

Water evenly and lightly, for 2 weeks, until grass patches begin to grow in.

STEP 5: Water evenly and lightly, for 2 weeks, until grass patches begin to grow in.

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2013-01-31 14.47.32If you live in an area where there are lots of deer, you’ll probably want to have a fence around your garden. You could go with a cheap-and-easy wire fence… but for those who prefer a more aesthetically pleasing yard, 4 Seasons Lawn Care offers slip board fence installations at your request.

The photo to the left is of a recent installation we did in Flemington, NJ – it is partially completed in the picture.

A fence height of 4 feet is recommended to keep deer out. Deer won’t normally jump into an enclosed area, so as long as the fence is higher than the tallest deer, there’s no need to worry.

If you live in or around Hunterdon County, NJ and are thinking of planting a garden this spring, the best time to have your fence installed is over the next several months. Weather permitting, 4 Seasons Lawn Care is now quoting garden fence installations, garden bed frame construction and delivery, compost tumbler delivery, and spring cleanups.

We are also creating our lawn cutting schedule for spring, summer and fall 2013. If you are not already a customer and want to get on the list, email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com. Or, call Mike Hyde at 908 783 5733.

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CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE TO ENLARGE. Call 908 783 5733 to order your garden bed frame installation today!

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Mike,

Thanks for a wonderful job done on our lawn. Looking forward to seeing you next season! Thanks for the “free cut” – yard looks really nice. Happy Holidays. Be Safe.

Regards,

P& M

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Hey there, Mike from 4 Seasons Lawn Care here. With the early spring bloom happening in NJ this year, lawn care season started roughly a week and a half ago and is officially in progress as we speak. Be sure to contact us early to be put on the mowing schedule for 2012.

If you’re a new reader just finding this blog, check out our website at http://4seasonslawns.com or click the various posts on this blog and visit the About Us page to learn how we can help you have the nicest yard on the block!

Contact mike@4seasonslawns.com or call 908 783 5733 for your lawn cutting or spring cleanup quote today.

Also check out our other website, Garden Beds NJ, to find out how we can help make garden bed prep super simple this spring. Thanks!

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Hello, all! It’s been a while since we posted on the 4 Seasons Lawn Care blog. Hopefully you all had a great holiday season and survived the few dribbles of snow we got here in Hunterdon County NJ. We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring and those first few blades of grass poking up from the ground.

Some cool new developments are in the works for 2012’s Grass Cutting and Gardening Season. We recently launched our new website Garden Beds NJ where we plan to share gardening tips for the local area and offer raised garden bed construction and delivery.  Planning a raised bed garden this summer? Now is the time to start designing those garden beds!

Secondly: it’s almost Spring Cleanup time! With the big thaw on the way (did we ever even freeze this winter?), there’s lots of cleanup work to be done around the yard before planting time begins. 4 Seasons Lawn Care will help you check this chore off your list.

Give Mike Hyde a call at 908 783 5733, or email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com to schedule some time in early spring for your garden bed project and spring cleanup plans. Thanks!

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