• Treatments start mid-March when the average soil temperatures get warm enough for the grass to grow. Subsequent treatments follow approximately every 6-8 weeks, depending on weather. Jake will contact you to schedule follow-up treatments before they are due.

  • Stay off lawn after every treatment until it dries to the touch; as well as after the first water event.

  • Make sure at least one water event happens between 8-72 hours after every treatment. Manually irrigate if a heavy rainfall isn't expected in the forecast.​

  • Never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade off per mow.

  • Mow a different direction every week.

  • Equal pay on your water bill is very helpful through our hot dry summers. Highly recommended.

  • Secondary irrigation water is the cheapest way to irrigate your landscape if it's available in your area. Make sure you know if it's an option in your area!


  • ​​Update your timer if necessary; it MUST work correctly.

  • Turn your timer off if a significant rain event is in the forecast. Rain sensors are cheap and effective as an alternative to manually shutting off timer.

    • Too much water wastes money and resources and encourages disease growth.

  • Water lawn separately from trees and shrubs.​​

    • Low pressure drip lines make this much easier to accomplish.​
    • Trees and Shrubs should be watered once a week to a depth of 18-24".

  • ​Water lawn deeply and infrequently.

    • The exception might be when daytime temps average above 95 degrees. Water as much as necessary.

  • Lawns with Necrotic Ring Spot need special care and require different watering methods. Ask Jake if you have questions regarding NRS.

  • Start watering between 3-5 am. Watering before 3 am encourages disease growth by allowing the moisture to sit too long. Watering after 5 am will not allow for full absorption before the sun evaporates the water.

  • Sprinkler run-times depend on how long it takes your system to apply the correct amount of water. This is different for everyone. Ask Jake for help determining your soil type and recommended run-times.


Early Spring, March - Mid April

  • Turn on and tune up sprinklers. Don't set timer yet.

  • Water once a week, IF needed.

  • Tune up mower. Sharpen mower blade.

  • Gently rake lawn before first mowing; stand it all up!

  • Mow it short the first mow, but no less than 1.5" grass blade length.

    • Raise mower deck after first mow, 2-3" blade length.

    • Bag grass clippings.​​​

    • Mow weekly.

  • Aerate.

    • Water the night before aeration so soil will be soft and full plugs can be removed.

    • Be careful when choosing your aerator! You want this person to know what lawn diseases are and how to prevent cross contamination. 

  • Trim Trees and Shrubs to increase sun exposure to lawn when necessary.

Spring, Mid April - Mid June

  • Check sprinklers. Set timer.

  • Water every 3-4 days, as needed.

  • Aerate if you haven't yet.

  • Mow weekly.

    • 2-3" blade length.​

    • Bag grass clippings.

Summer, Mid June - Mid September

  • Check sprinklers.

  • Water every 1-3 days, as needed.

    • As much as necessary when temps are above 95 degrees​.

  • Sharpen mower blade.

  • Raise mower deck at least one notch.

    • 3"+ blade length.

    • Let it grow! This will help shade the soil, use less water, and grow thicker stronger roots.

  • Mulch grass clippings. Leave it on the lawn!

Fall, Mid September - October

  • Check sprinklers.

    • Turn-off timer once daytime average temps are below 55 degrees; water IF needed.

  • Water every 3-5 days, as needed.

    • As little as necessary to reduce disease pressure.

  • Lower mower deck one notch.

    • 2-3" blade length.

  • ​Bag grass clippings.

  • Turn-off and winterize sprinklers before nighttime temps reach 34 degrees.

    • This is very easy and free. You do not have to pay someone for this; ask Jake how.

Late Fall, November on...​

  • Bag grass clippings.

  • Keep yard clear of leaves and debris. Do not allow piles of anything to sit on your lawn all winter.

  • Very last mow of the year, lower mower deck one notch. Leave at this height for first mow of Spring.

    • No less than 1.5" blade length.​


Watering Guide