District of Columbia
Whether you're a lawn care weekend warrior or you like to hire professionals like Lawn Love to care for your lawn for you, understanding the needs of your lawn is always a worthy endeavor. In the District of Columbia, there are some important things to understand about lawn care and maintenance — especially mowing.
At Lawn Love, we believe your lawn should capture the natural beauty around you. In and around our nation's capital, that's a pretty tall order. That's why we offer our Washington, D.C. in:
- Montgomery County
- Silver Spring
- Upper Marlboro
Let's face it, you have better things to do than care for your lawn when you literally have the center of the modern democratic world at your fingertips. That's why Lawn Love's experienced and skilled lawn care technicians provide:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
Mowing Your D.C. Lawn
When it comes to lawn mowing in and around the D.C. area, there are a few vital pieces of information to be aware of. First, the season for lawnmowing generally falls between the middle of March and late November — give or take a few weeks depending on the weather. In your area, you should aim to mow your lawn at least once a week in the spring and fall, since that's when grass will be growing the fastest. In the summer, you can generally mow every other week, but that depends on the height of your grass more than anything else.
Identifying Grass Type
Up until now, you may have thought grass types were something only cataloged in museums, but if you want to take proper care of your lawn, then it's one of the most important pieces of information to have.
There are two general types of grass: warm-season grass and cool-season grass. In the D.C. area, it can get a little tricky. That's because, as you're well aware, there are hot, humid summers as well as cold, snowy winters in this part of the country. If you have to choose a grass that will flourish, sticking with a cool-season grass will be your best bet.
Many lawns in D.C. are a mix of tall fescue, ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. These grasses are resilient enough to take a beating through each season, going dormant when it's really hot outside.
Ideal Grass Height
Cool-season grasses grow best, and fastest, in the spring and fall. They'll slow down a bit in the summer, which means you probably won't need to mow as often. In general, these grasses should be maintained at a height between 2.5 and 3.5 inches. Remember, it's essential to never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade at a time, otherwise, you could damage the grass and make it more susceptible to disease and pests.
A Few Other Mowing Tips
With the cool-season grasses that grow in the D.C. area, there are a few things you can do to encourage proper health and growth. First and foremost, you can leave those clippings on the lawn! They're a great source of nutrients for your grass — everyone loves free fertilizer!
Second, make sure that mower blade is sharp. This puts less stress on the grass blades since they're cut cleanly instead of being torn. It also helps to prevent any fungus from damaging grass during the summer months. You can sharpen the blade yourself with a kit or take it to a professional to have it done. Ideally, your mower blades should be sharpened at least once, if not twice, per year.
Finally, if you let your grass grow too high (hey, it happens) getting it back down to an ideal height in just one mow would require cutting off more than one-third of the grass blade. If you find yourself in this predicament, then you'll need to mow twice. On the first mow, set your mower to its highest setting, then mow it a second time at a lower setting just a couple of days later.
Special Considerations in D.C.
In D.C., there are some interesting lawn challenges you may face but a few opportunities too! Here are a couple you should keep in mind:
- Weeds are contagious — Chances are, you live pretty close to your neighbor. That makes your lawn more prone to catching weeds from surrounding lots. You can combat this by caring for your lawn properly. Remember, a healthy lawn mowed properly will not be a friendly place for weeds.
- Sidewalks create more work — If you have a sidewalk running through your lawn, then it may mean a little extra work for you. Edge your sidewalk with a trimmer or grass will grow over into the sidewalk. Also, you may want to treat the cracks every so often with weed killer to prevent them from popping up.
Creating and maintaining a beautiful lawn in the District of Columbia is hard work, but it's worth it! If you need help maintaining your lawn, the pros at Lawn Love can help!