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Levels of Home Lawn Care

Several maintenance levels are described in Table 4.1. These are used as a guide to determine current maintenance levels and the grass species best adapted to the different levels. For the most part, the grass varieties present, along with any site restrictions, (e.g., shade, sandy soils, clay soils, poorly drained areas) determine the maintenance level necessary for the lawn to remain healthy.

Table 4.1. Levels of Home Lawn Care

Typical
Home Lawn
Use/Quality
Expectations

Watering
Needs

Mowing Heights
(inches)

# of N per season per 1000 ft2 1

Fertilizer
Application
Timing2

% Weeds
Tolerated

Weed Control
(only as needed)

Diseases or
Insects
Controlled

Low Use with Medium Quality

only as needed

2.5 – 3.5

1

early September (1 lb N)

20 - 30

once per year or less

rarely

Low Use with High Quality

regularly

1.5 – 3.0

2 – 2.5

after first mowing in spring (½-¾ lb N), mid to late May (½lb N), early September (1 lb N)

≤5

two to three times per season

preventatively, and/or as needed

Medium Use with Medium Quality

as needed

2.0 – 3.0

1 – 1.5

early to mid May ½ lb N), early September (1 lb N)

10 – 30

once or twice per season

rarely or
as needed

Medium Use with High Quality

regularly

1.5 – 3.0

2 – 2.5

after first mowing in spring (½-¾ lb N), mid to late May (1/2 lb N), early September (1 lb N)

5 – 10

two to three times per season

usually only as needed

High Use with Medium Quality

regularly

2.0 – 3.0

2 – 2.5

after first mowing in spring ¾ lb N), mid to late May (¾lb N), early September (1 lb N)

10 – 30

once or twice per season

only as needed

  1. If clippings are left on the lawn, one fertilizer application can be eliminated from the low, medium and high maintenance program.
  2. Earlier times should be used in northern parts of the state, while later times can be used in southern areas.

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