A Necessity, Not Only Looks
If you live in Lynchburg, VA taking care of your lawn is a necessity and not just for looks. Did you know that it is actually illegal according to the City of Lynchburg to have grass or weeds over 12 inches (1 foot) high on your property? If your lawn is overgrown, then it can be reported. After a 10-day grace period, the City may come and cut your lawn themselves before sending you a fine for having to do so. So now that we’ve got the really serious part out of the way, let’s discuss what you should know to keep a gorgeous lawn in Lynchburg!
Let’s start with mowing shall we? Mowing is what tends to come to mind quickly when considering lawn maintenance. With the added seriousness of avoiding fines in Lynchburg, cutting your grass should be regular so your grass can be as beautiful and healthy as can be. It is possible to cut your grass too short or not cut it short enough. Grass lengths should actually be cut according to a specific length depending on the season. As we have four seasons in Lynchburg, here is what grass lengths we abide by:
Now let’s talk about why grass length matters per season. If you’ve experienced a Lynchburg summer, then you understand how hot it can get outside. This is when your grass will be at its longest all year and this is because the longer grass shades the soil when it’s hot, which ultimately protects the lawn’s roots from being damaged by heat.
Later in the winter, especially when it snows, if grass is kept tall, then it can get matted and cause the lawn to die.
However, if grass is cut too short at any time then it prevents the blades from being able to photosynthesize and process and receive the nutrients it needs to thrive. Grass will typically grow faster in the warmer months so mowing will need to be done more frequently in the spring and summer.
Next to mowing a lawn comes watering the lawn. Just like how lawn mowing needs to be more frequent in the warmer seasons, so does watering the lawn. Grass dehydrates more quickly when it is hot and sunny which explains the increased frequency for watering when it’s hot. Most lawns will need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. It changes to half an inch in the winter. But don’t let this think you can neglect watering all together in the winter! It is still important to keep your lawn hydrated even when it is cold outside!
On the other hand, it is possible to overwater your lawn. Giving your grass 1 to 1.5 inches of water a week will ensure that the top 6-8 inches of grass and roots will be hydrated. To test if your grass has enough water, you can stick a 6-inch long screwdriver into the grass and if it goes in without too much effort, then it’s probably an indicator that you are watering enough. If the screwdriver doesn’t easily go down then you know the lawn needs more water.
To optimize watering, be sure that your lawn is watered either before 10:00 AM or between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. At these times during the day, the temperature is cooler and the wind is more calm which means there are less factors to deter the water from soaking into the soil and will prevent new water from evaporating quickly.
Good News for Lynchburg Va
Here’s some great lawn care news for you! We absolutely love seeing beautiful and healthy lawns around Lynchburg and we love knowing you won’t have to be fined by the City for an overgrown lawn! If you are in need or want a few more tasks taken off of your hands, please contact us! We would love to free up some more time in your life and give you the gorgeous lawn you’d be pleased to come home to. Warner's Landscaping at 434-226-0125.
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