1. Avoid mowing wet grass.
Moisture causes grass to clump. This can result in an uneven cut.
2. Sharpen your mower blades
Check your mower blades periodically before mowing and sharpen if they are dull.
3. Cut at 3 inch height!
Mowing low causes grasses to stress. By mowing at 3" the lawn will "hold" its color much better and avoid drought stress during summer months. Try to never remove more than a 1/3 of the grass blade.
4. Alternate your mowing pattern every time you mow.
5. Bagging your lawn
Since most new mowers have mulching blades and your grass is made up of important nutrients, we do not recommend bagging unless you do not have a mulching blade or have not been mowing frequently and dead clumps of mowed lawn will block sunlight and cause die out. Also, if your lawn has a fungus, mowing that area last and bagging it will help from spreading the problem.
Established lawns should be watered deeply, but infrequently. Deep watering twice a week encourages deeper root growth, while frequent, shallow watering can create a very limited root structure.
Although watering frequency depends on the type of grass, your soil, and the weather, most grasses require about 1 ½ inches of water each week for healthy growth.
To tell how much time to water your property can be tricky since most homes have different water pressures you will need to set a cup or pie pan out in the lawn a see how long it takes to fill to the desired amount. Then you can set your system or timer accordingly.
The best time to water is in the morning. This conserves water that would evaporate if you were to water later in the day, but also allows grass to dry before evening. Grass that remains wet for long periods of time is more susceptible to disease development.
Monitor your underground irrigation or sprinkler system to ensure that you moisten the lawn's entire root zone without over-watering any sections.
Once your lawn has turned brown and lost all color during drought dormancy, it will take several weeks of light, steady watering to cause the plant to green up and come out of Drought Stress