Lawn care tips

To make your Scotts LawnService® program the most effective, your lawn needs to be maintained properly. The right mowing and watering schedule can help us produce the lush, green lawn you've always wanted.

A little effort goes a long way.

To see the best results from a Scotts LawnService® program, you’ll need to give your lawn the basic maintenance it needs, including regular mowing and watering. Don’t worry, though, it’s not difficult—especially if you follow these simple tips:

Preparing for Spring.

When soil temperatures reach about 55 degrees most grass types begin to awaken from the long winter dormancy. It's important to help your lawn get ready for the growing season ahead. Get out and rake up any debris that may be left over from fall and winter, such as leaves or sticks.

It's also a good idea to get a first mowing in before your lawn really begins to grow. This will remove any dead top growth and allow the sunlight to better reach the soil surface. The first mowing should generally be 1 or 2 notches lower than your normal summer mowing height. Once spring has officially sprung, you can return to your normal higher mowing practices as outlined below.


Proper mowing is essential to maintaining your lawn between your regularly scheduled Scotts LawnService visits. Mow too low and you can damage the crown, the part of the blade where growth actually occurs. Let your grass get too long and you’ll cut off too much of the blade during the next mowing which causes stress and sometimes even damage.

It’s best to keep your lawn a little longer than you would normally think to. While the ideal length varies by grass type and time of year, a good general range is 2.5 to 3 inches. That way, it will have enough blade length to produce food (via the wonders of photosynthesis) and grow. The thicker it gets, the deeper its roots will become ... and the more it will crowd out any weeds that try to pop up.

A good rule of thumb: the hotter and drier the weather, the higher you should mow.

Oh, and don’t forget to:

  • Mow only when your grass is dry.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp.
  • Never "scalp" your lawn by cutting too close to the ground.
  • Leave your clippings on the lawn unless they are long or wet.
  • Leave grass longer in hot weather and lower your mowing height slightly in the early spring or late fall.


Keeping your lawn properly watered is important. But how much water is enough? Well, as these things usually do, it depends on your grass and soil types, along with climate and rainfall patterns.

It’s best to let your lawn tell you when it needs water. If it loses its “spring”, your lawn is probably thirsty. (Walk across your lawn; if footprints remain for a period of time afterward, it’s not springy.) When you water your lawn, make sure you water deeply enough to penetrate into the root zone. Watering 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch twice a week is better than light watering every day. Generally, lawns need around one inch of water per week through rainfall, irrigation or a combination of the two.

Still have questions? Ask your Scotts LawnService professional to help you determine the best watering schedule for your lawn.

Water Smart®

Remember, most Scotts LawnService programs include Water Smart®, our exclusive additive formulation that helps your lawn better absorb water and nutrients, making every drop of water it receives more effective. Which helps protect it against heat, drought and other stresses.