Lawn Care Tips

Keep your lawn beautiful

To make your Scotts LawnService® program the most effective, your lawn needs to be maintained properly. The right mowing and watering schedule can help us produce the lush, green lawn you've always wanted.


Proper mowing is essential to maintaining your lawn between your regularly scheduled Scotts LawnService visits. Mow too low and you can damage the crown, the part of the blade where growth actually occurs. Let your grass get too long and you will cut off too much of the blade during the next mowing which causes stress and sometimes even damage.

It's best to keep your lawn a little longer than you would normally think. Depending on your grass type 2.5 to 3 inches is a good height. That way, it will have enough blade length for photosynthesis to produce food and grow. The thicker it gets, the deeper its roots will become ... and the more it will crowd out any weeds that try to pop up.

A good rule of thumb is...the hotter and drier, the higher you should mow.

Here are a few mowing tips for keeping your lawn lush and beautiful all season long:

  • Mow only when your grass is dry.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp.
  • Never "scalp" your lawn by cutting too close to the ground.
  • Leave your clippings on the lawn unless they are long or wet.
  • Leave grass longer in hot weather and lower your mowing height slightly in the early spring or late fall.


Keeping your lawn properly watered is important. But different grass and soil types along with climate and rainfall patterns combine to require different amounts of watering.

It's best to let your lawn tell you when it needs water. If it loses its spring, your lawn is probably thirsty. This is often noticeable after you walk across your lawn and footprints remain for a period of time. When you water it, make sure you water deeply enough to penetrate into the root zone. Watering 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch twice a week is better than light watering every day. Generally lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week through rainfall, irrigation or a combination of the two.

Ask your Scotts LawnService professional to help you determine the best watering schedule for your lawn.


Scotts LawnService advocates the Water Smart maintenance program, which helps your lawn grow thick with deep roots that better absorb nutrients versus an unfed lawn. That way it uses water more efficiently, making the most of every drop. And that helps protect it against heat, drought and other stresses.

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