Cape Cod Turf Management

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Watering:The importance of water to grass plants is indicated by the fact that a typical turfgrass plant is composed of 70% water. Cool-season grasses need about 1.5 inches of water per week. Lawns should be be watered deeply, but infrequently to discourage disease problems. Water early in the morning for best results as there is less wind and evaporation.

Mowing: Lawns should be mowed often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade is removed. A mowing height of 2.5 to 3 inches is suggested for deeper roots,less weed problems and a greener appearance. Dull mower blades shred the tips, leaving an entry way for fungal diseases and an exit for moisture loss. Sharpen blades every 6 mowings and return grass clippings to lawn to add organic material to soil.
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