I'm Back - New Question About Grass


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Kate

I posted here about two weeks ago concerning the problem I had in my
lawn about Johnson Grass (a weed). I applied Roundup on the patches,
just like the lawn service company told me to do.

So far it is going OK. I reseeded my lawn where the bad patches were,
and am already getting a little bit of new grass. I reseeded last Weds.
and the temps were perfect - 75 - 85. Now, we are back into the
mid 90's so I have been lightly watering a lot.

Now I am wondering what is the best way to mow this new grass.
Should I mulch it or bag it?

I won't be ready to mow until 3 - 4 weeks (my best guess), so I thought
I would ask this question ahead of time.

I am having my mower tuned up right now, and the blade will be
sharpened.

Thanks again. Everyone's help is much appreciated.

Kate
 
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trader4

I posted here about two weeks ago concerning the problem I had in my
lawn about Johnson Grass (a weed).  I applied Roundup on the patches,
just like the lawn service company told me to do.

So far it is going OK.  I reseeded my lawn where the bad patches were,
and am already getting a little bit of new grass.  I reseeded last Weds..
and the temps were perfect - 75 - 85.  Now, we are back into the
mid 90's so I have been lightly watering a lot.

Now I am wondering what is the best way to mow this new grass.
Should I mulch it or bag it?

I won't be ready to mow until 3 - 4 weeks (my best guess), so I thought
I would ask this question ahead of time.

I am having my mower tuned up right now, and the blade will be
sharpened.

Thanks again.  Everyone's help is much appreciated.

Kate

Mow it however you mow the rest of the lawn, it doesn't matter.
 
S

Stephen King

I posted here about two weeks ago concerning the problem I had in my
lawn about Johnson Grass (a weed). I applied Roundup on the patches,
just like the lawn service company told me to do.

So far it is going OK. I reseeded my lawn where the bad patches were,
and am already getting a little bit of new grass. I reseeded last Weds.
and the temps were perfect - 75 - 85. Now, we are back into the
mid 90's so I have been lightly watering a lot.

Now I am wondering what is the best way to mow this new grass.
Should I mulch it or bag it?

I won't be ready to mow until 3 - 4 weeks (my best guess), so I thought
I would ask this question ahead of time.

I am having my mower tuned up right now, and the blade will be
sharpened.

Thanks again. Everyone's help is much appreciated.

Kate
My neighbor used to fuss over his lawn.
He's now dead.
The new neighbor takes care like a normal person.
Go do something more important.
 
R

ransley

I posted here about two weeks ago concerning the problem I had in my
lawn about Johnson Grass (a weed).  I applied Roundup on the patches,
just like the lawn service company told me to do.

So far it is going OK.  I reseeded my lawn where the bad patches were,
and am already getting a little bit of new grass.  I reseeded last Weds..
and the temps were perfect - 75 - 85.  Now, we are back into the
mid 90's so I have been lightly watering a lot.

Now I am wondering what is the best way to mow this new grass.
Should I mulch it or bag it?

I won't be ready to mow until 3 - 4 weeks (my best guess), so I thought
I would ask this question ahead of time.

I am having my mower tuned up right now, and the blade will be
sharpened.

Thanks again.  Everyone's help is much appreciated.

Kate
I hope you did not use the roundup that states no planting for 6
months, mulch it
 
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salty

My kind of thinking.

Leave it grow until it goes to seed. Then cut it as high as the mower
allows and leave clippings to mulch. The tall grass provides shade for
seedlings and retains water. Recut again when it goes to seed. Repeat as
required but no sooner.
keeping the grass taller also chokes out and prevents weeds. They
can't get started. Short lawns invite weeds.
 
C

cshenk

Grin, I wish! Naw the city gives tickets if not cut often enough here.
Long before it gets to seeding level.
 
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salty

Grin, I wish! Naw the city gives tickets if not cut often enough here.
Long before it gets to seeding level.
I didn't write the above, but it's good advice. Even in olaces wher it
is frowned upon, keeping the grass an extra inch or two tall makes a
huge difference in keeping weeds down, and reducing the need for
watering. You don't have tto let it grow 6 inches of more to get a
worthwhile benefit. Just set your mower to the highest setting, and
the lawn will still look very neat and manicured.
 
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David Nebenzahl

I posted here about two weeks ago concerning the problem I had in my
lawn about Johnson Grass (a weed). I applied Roundup on the patches,
just like the lawn service company told me to do.

So far it is going OK. I reseeded my lawn where the bad patches were,
and am already getting a little bit of new grass. I reseeded last Weds.
and the temps were perfect - 75 - 85. Now, we are back into the
mid 90's so I have been lightly watering a lot.

Now I am wondering what is the best way to mow this new grass.
Should I mulch it or bag it?
Not the answer you were looking for: get rid of the lawn. Manicured,
well-watered lawns will soon be a thing of the past, along with leaded
gasoline, gas-guzzling automobiles and carefree consumption. Get used to
(and ready for) the new world of water shortages.


--
"Wikipedia ... it reminds me ... of dogs barking idiotically through
endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
It drags itself out of the dark abyss of pish, and crawls insanely up
the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and
doodle. It is balder and dash."

- With apologies to H. L. Mencken
 
K

Kate

I agree with you. That is one reason I moved out of my large home three
years ago, and into this smaller one. Yardwise, it is a cinch. I have
mostly rock which is used alot in WA State.

This patch of grass is very small.
 
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K

Kate

Great reply, and I appreciate it.
For most turfgrasses, 3" is a pretty good height after mowing, and you
should cut off no more than about 1/3 of the blade at a time, so set your
mower for about 3" amd mow it when it gets over 4". is not a bad rule of
thumb. Leave the clippings on the ground to add organic material to the
soil. That'll keep both the city and your lawn happy. If you let the lawn
get taller and thicker than 4 - 4 1/2 " before you cut it, you may generate
piles of clippings which will make your turf look blotchy because the spots
under the clumps of clippings won't be getting sunlight or growing like the
rest.

But as others have said, don't obsess. Mow it when it needs it, keep the
blade sharp, and put your real energy somewhere else..
 
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