Frequently Asked Questions
At CLS Lawn Care, we offer specialized landscaping and lawn care services. We’re dedicated to the highest level of customer service, education, and a deep desire to give back to the community. Here are a few FAQs we get asked a lot. More questions? Drop us a line or give us a call at (832) 554-9811.
Believe it or not, proper mowing is the single most important factor in maintaining or improving the health in your lawn – even more than irrigation and fertilization. Proper mowing practices affect the density, texture, color, disease/pest resistance, and overall health of your lawn.
Proper Mowing Height: The proper mowing height changes depending on method of mowing and variety of turfgrass. Most of the time, mowing lawns too short is the problem. For most situations, mowing heights between 2-3.5 inches is suggested, mowing closer to 3.5 inches during summer.
Lawns maintained at higher heights tend to have deeper roots, less weeds, and an overall better look. Here’s an idea for grass heights for common grass types:
- St. Augustine: 3-5″
- Bermuda: 1-2.5″
- Zoysia: 2-3″
We ensure your lawn is always mowed at the correct height for the season, instead of having the “set-it-and-forget-it” attitude that many of our competitors have.
Sharp Blades: Think about mower blades like you would a razor for your body: when shaving with an old blade, your skin is more prone to cuts, infection, and irritation. But when using a new sharp blade, you’re left with a clean shave.
The same is true with your lawn: if the mower blades are dull, bent, or nicked, you end up with torn and frayed leaf blades. These damaged leaf blades can lead to lawn diseases, insect pest pressure, stress discoloration, and in some cases plant death.
Grass cut with sharp blades create a clean cut that allows the lawn to recover quickly and reduce the risk of insects and disease in the lawn. And that’s what we use.
1/3 Rule: Mowing removes the uppermost green shoot of your grass, the part of the plant where photosynthesis occurs. If you remove more than 1/3 of the shoot height, the rate of photosynthesis drops drastically. The remaining growing portions of your lawn will be “starved” and will divert energy from the roots to feed the shoots, resulting in a weaker and shallower root system. Shallow roots and stressed grass means your turf will become more susceptible to environmental stresses like heat and drought, and insect/disease resistance will diminish. Your lawn could turn brown, become patchy and thin, and with extreme cases causing lawn to actually die. To maintain your lawn, we mow more frequently when the turf is growing and less often in dormancy stages.
Mulching mowers have special blades that allow the grass clippings to stay inside the hood of the mower for an extended period, cutting the clippings over and over. This produces a fine-cut clipping that is left to decompose back into the soil. Grass clippings contain between 80-90% water, and with the help of microorganisms in the soil, these clippings are broken down, releasing nutrients back into your soil.
Our shrub fertilization program is tailored around the specific needs of the plant material present in your landscaping. It includes four custom applications applied quarterly to:
- Control soil PH through blended fertilization or soil PH supplements
- Reduce weed pressure in landscape beds via one pre-emergent application
- Provide vital micro and macro (N-P-K) nutrients with three blended fertilization applications
Just like you fertilize grass, flowers, and shrubs, trees require fertilization at least annually. Consistently providing your trees with the required nutrients will increase their resistance to insects and diseases, improve drought tolerance, increase growth, and strengthening root systems. Through deep root feeding, we inject micro and macro nutrients directly into the root zone underground. Applying these nutrients directly to the root zone allows the nutrients to be absorbed and utilized quicker than surface application could be.
Soil testing is a diagnostic tool used to evaluate nutrient imbalances and understand plant growth. Soil test results are the most important factor when making lawn applications, helping us meet your lawn’s specific needs.
Plant health care is a lot like your own health: to keep your body healthy, you eat well, exercise, get proper sleep, and try to surround yourself with people and things that make you happy. But, as we all know, health is different for everyone; there is no one-size-fits-all. Plants are the same way; they require various levels of nutrition, certain PH levels, and different water requirements to ensure proper color, growth, resistance to pests and diseases, and longevity.
To get a killer body, you don’t go to the gym three or four times a year and eat junk food. No, you dedicate multiple hours a week to nutrition, hours in the gym lifting weights, and doing cardio. Your lawn requires the same amount of attention to look its best.
With a variety of certifications and state licenses, our lawn and landscape team is ready to provide your lawn with the care and attention it deserves.