J Haught Lawn Care only offers weekly lawn care, We do not bag clippings unless absolutely necessary, We stress to our clients the importance of proper watering and we only use slow release organic fertilizers and soil amendments.
Why are we so set in our ways?
Simply put, Sustainability.
Our goal is to improve the soil structure and to create a lawn the becomes easier to maintain and care for, month after month, year after year.
When hired to care for your lawn, we will do what is best for the lawn and soil.
"The long term health and sustainability of your lawn and soil is our mission, to do what is right for our land is our obligation"
"Lawns are for more than just looks. Maintaining a healthy, thick lawn also benefits the environment. Unlike hard surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, and wood, lawn grass helps clean the air, trap carbon dioxide, reduce erosion from stormwater runoff, improve soil, decrease noise pollution, and reduce temperatures"
Weekly Mowing makes the grass in your yard stronger. When you keep the grass cut to the preferred length for the type of grass in your yard, you can expect positive results.
Cutting the grass stops the horizontal growth of each blade. This causes it to grow thicker at the base, making for heartier blades of grass. To protect your lawn from drought, disease and invasive weeds, we recommend never mowing shorter than 3in. If watered correctly and fed regularly, your thick healthy lawn will need weekly mowings throughout the full mowing season.
"soil microorganisms play an essential role in decomposing organic matter, cycling nutrients and fertilising the soil. ... Soil microbes are of prime importance in this process. Soil microbes are also important for the development of healthy soil structure"
Mulch Mowing is a vital part of a healthy lawn because it returns much needed nutrients to your lawn after mowing. When mowing is done consistently at the proper length , mulching can be done with shorter blades of grass. Returning shorter blades of grass to your lawn is much healthier than waiting until the grass is longer because the longer blades are weaker and less nutrient-rich.
Mulch mowing provides organic materials back into the soil, feeding the soil microbes and protecting your lawn from common pests and disease.
Organic fertilizers work slowly. In order for organic fertilizers to work, the soil has to first break them down. This means that both the soil and the plants in it get the nutrition they need when they need it. Synthetic fertilizers, although speedy, often overfeed the plant, do nothing for the soil, and can damage plants by burning them.
Organic fertilizers improve the soil. Organic materials and fertilizers improve the soil texture, allowing it to hold water longer, and increase the bacterial and fungal activity in the soil. So, they not only assist your plants, they help the soil. Synthetic fertilizers, on the other hand, deplete the soil of its nutrients, making it unproductive. Good luck growing a healthy lawn long term.
"In every handful of healthy soil, there more organisms than the number of people who’ve ever lived on planet Earth."
Proper Lawn Watering Technique
Watering properly is the most important step to achieving a health lawn
How Many Days Per Week To Water a Lawn?
The 1-2-3-2-1 Lawn Watering Technique - Printable PDF Do Not Change the Watering Times! As the temperatures change during the seasons, it is better to add watering days to the clock rather than adding more run time to the clock. As the temperatures cool off in the fall, it is better to reduce the watering days rather than taking time off the clock. Never change the times of the sprinkler system zones, unless there is a drastic change in the amount of sun exposure a zone is receiving. It is very bad practice to add time or take time away during the summer. We want to water the lawn deeply and we want the soil to dry out between lawn watering. Deep and infrequent lawn water will penetrate the soil 10-15 inches deep and the grass roots will dig after that water as the soil at the surface dries out.
1 Day Per Week Watering – Cool Spring
Sprinkler Startup through Middle of May
When daytime high temperatures average below 70°F: Water the lawn one day per week if it is cool and it is raining occasionally. One day per week lawn watering is typically between April to early May but every year is slightly different. (I.e. Water Mondays)
2 Day Per Week Watering – Warming Up
Middle of May – Early June
When Colorado’s daytime high temperatures average between 70°F and 85°F water the lawn two days a week This is typically between the middle of May through early June. (I.e. water Monday and Fridays)
3 Day Per Week Watering – Hot
Middle of June – Middle of August
When Colorado’s daytime high temperatures average above 85°F: Water the lawn no more than 3 days per week. This is typically is between mid or late June through mid or late August. (I.e. Water Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
2 Day Per Week Watering – Cooling Down
Middle of August – Late September
When Colorado’s daytime high temperatures average between 70°F and 85°F water the lawn two days a week This is typically between the middle of August through the middle of September. (I.e. water Monday and Fridays)
1 Day Per Week Watering – Cool Fall
Late September – Sprinkler Blowout
When Colorado’s daytime high temperatures average below 70°F: Water the lawn one day per week if it is cool and it is raining occasionally. One day per week watering is typically between the middle of September until the system is winterized for the season. (I.e. Water Mondays)
"Healthy Lawns slow rainwater runoff, helping it to seep into the soil and recharge groundwater. Healthy lawns also stops topsoil erosion, is a low fire risk compared with trees, and can have a cooling effect relative to harder surfaces in our suburbs"