Lawn Care

Common Questions asked about Lawn Care

At Eden, we are frequently asked some questions about gardening and landscaping, by homeowners and professional arborists alike. To help beginners and experts know the basics of gardening and lawn care, we have decided to publish some of the more common questions asked about lawn care.

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Lawn Care FAQs

How often should I mow my lawn?

When the grass begins actively growing, you should mow your lawn. Remember not to cut more than 1/3rd of the grass at any time. 

Cool-season grasses have peak growth time during the spring, so you may need to cut the grass once a week, at least. Repeat this till the grass becomes dormant as summer arrives. You need to know that some brands of quick-acting fertilizers give nutrients to the grass that the grass cannot use immediately. This usually results in excessive top growth. In such a situation, you should mow your lawn multiple times a week. 

What should I do with the grass clippings?

When you mow frequently and correctly, you will find your lawn littered with the grass clippings. You can leave these on the ground as they become the source of nutrients to the grass growing in the soil, as the grass clippings begin to decay. If the thatch layer in the lawn is more than 1 inch thick, then this may prevent the grass clippings from acting as mulch. In such a situation, you will need to bag (collect) the clippings or you can choose to remove the thatch first and then mow to use the grass clippings as organic natural fertilizer for the turf.

How do burnt lawns develop from over-mowing?

When grass is mowed below the recommended height (for the particular species) it is unable to absorb sunlight which is needed for photosynthesis which is required to feed the root. This tends to give your lawn a brownish hue. So, when you cut the turf blades at the recommended height, there is enough length of the grass blade remaining to absorb sufficient sunlight. This helps in the photosynthesis process, which means you will have a healthy, uniform lawn. 

Besides this, you can cause damage to the remaining glass blades if you use a dull lawn mower. The reason is that a dull lawn mower, instead of cutting the tip of the grass-blade smoothly, tends to tear the tops off. The rough edges on grass blades tend to leave them vulnerable to insect and disease damage. So make sure to sharpen your lawn mower blades before and after mowing your turf. 

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Can I keep unused fertilizer for next year?

Yes, you can keep the remaining fertilizer to be used next year, provided that the bag is properly closed and sealed before being stored in a dry place. If moisture enters the bag for any reason, you may find your fertilizer forming lumps. In such a case, you can simply break the clumps of fertilizer before putting them in the spreader.

How many times should I fertilize my lawn in a year?

Our lawn care experts recommend fertilizing your lawn at least twice a year, for cool-season grass, once in spring and the second time in fall. You may also need bug control, depending on the condition of your lawn. However, if you want to fertilize the lawn only once a year, then you can choose to do so in the fall, for cool-season grasses.

On the other hand, warm-season grasses need to be frequently fertilized during the heaviest growth period, which is during the hot summer months. The type of soil your warm-season grass is growing in and how well the soil retains nutrients will determine the frequency of fertilizing for warm-season grasses. 

Can I fertilize my lawn during the hot summer months?

Lawn care experts at Eden do not recommend fertilizing cool-season grass during summer. The reason is that the fertilizer may actually burn and damage the grass, especially in dry and very hot conditions. 

Warm-season grasses only need to be fertilized during the summer, as this is the active growth period for this type of turf. The fertilizer boosts its growth prospects during this period. 

Make sure to check the fertilizer label for detailed information and directions for application. 

How soon can I fertilize my lawn after mowing it?

You can start mowing your lawn any time after it has rained on the fertilizer or when it has watered in. 

Which is the best grass to grow where I live?

Turf grasses are classified into two categories – cool-season grass and warm-season grass. 

Cool-season grass grows well in the cooler regions, mostly in the northern United States where the average temperature is below 65 to 75 degree Fahrenheit. 

Warm-season grass adapts well to higher temperatures and grows well in warm and humid climates, such as in the southern United States. This type of grass grows well in regions where the average temperatures are between 80 and 95 degree Fahrenheit. 

There is also a transition zone between the southern and northern states where both, cool-season and warm-season, grass thrives well. 

How long should I wait after fertilizing my lawn to plant grass seed?

You can plant grass seeds immediately after fertilizing your lawn. However, you will need to ensure that the fertilizer does not contain any anti-weed substances, as this will prevent the grass seeds from germinating too. 

Can I plant grass seeds immediately after spreading feed and weed fertilizer?

It is recommended by our lawn care experts to wait for the new grass to establish roots and mow it at least 4 times for 6 to 8 weeks before applying weed and feed fertilizer. The reason is that many weed and feed fertilizers today contain a herbicide that inadvertently prevents the grass seeds from germinating. 


These are the most common questions asked about lawn care to our gardening and landscaping experts at Eden. If you have any more queries and questions about lawn care, landscaping and gardening, feel free to visit our website and check out our extensive list of easy-to-read blogs and articles. 

Lawn care is all in the details, and we take care of every single one to give you the lawn of your dreams. Contact us today!