July 1, 2018
We are experiencing above-average temperatures and infrequent measurable rainfall. For this reason, we are updating our “Current Mowing and Watering Conditions” from Code Green to Code Yellow. Below is the explanation for Code Yellow and what our company is recommending that you do under these conditions.
Code Yellow: No measurable rainfall for a week or more regardless of the temperature range.
For customers who manually water their lawn and landscape, start your watering program by watering the large areas for at least 1 hour or 1 inch of water once a week. For more detailed information on manually watering your lawn, go to our “Watering Your Lawn and Landscape” bulletin.
For customers with sprinkler systems without a Smart Controller, you should have your controller set to water the large zones 3 times a week at 20 minutes per zone, for a total watering time of 1 hour or 1 inch per week. For more detailed information on watering your lawn, go to our “How to Prepare Your Sprinkler System” bulletin.
Set mowing height to 4 inches for regular size lawn and 4 to 4-1/2 inches for larger lawns. Mowing at this height will reduce weeds, weed grasses and turf diseases. Recycling or mulching clippings returns moisture and nutrients back to the soil, which will require less fertilizer and water. If you have a professional mowing service, instruct the grass cutter to mow at the heights recommended above. For more information, go to the “Mulching Mower Guidelines” on the website.
Finocchiaro Lawn & Landscape, Inc.