|Lawn Tips __________________________________________________________________________________|
Type Grass Height
Do not remove more than one third of the grass at first pass. Avoid following same pattern each time you mow. Increase mowing height by 25% in shady areas. Use reel-type mower when mowing grass at 1" or less. Keep mower blades sharp.
Follow directions in fertilizer bag for amount directions. If there are no directions on the bag, look for the nutrient analysis. These three numbers represent the percentages of nitrogen(N), phosphorous(P), potassium(K) in the formula. Phosphorous & potassium are needed by some plants, but seldom have effect on Arizona lawns. A good general rule is to apply 1/2 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet each month between April & September for bermuda grass.
Avoid fertilizing ryegrass in late spring and early summer.
Use "slow release" fertilizers. Although they cost more, they release nutrients more efficiently and can be applied less frequently.
Iron helps keep grass green during late summer and fall. Use formulas with ferrous sulfate or iron chelates.