Why Would You Scalp Your Grass

When would you scalp your grass in your Houston area lawn?  You might think that it’s never a good thing to scalp your grass, but as Michael explains in this video, scalping your grass early in the year can help your lawn later in the year.  For more information about the best grass varieties for your project, please call our office at 281-431-7441. We look forward to visiting with you!

Why Scalp Your Grass Once a Year?

Summary of the Scalp Your Grass Video

Why do we scalp your grass? I can guess that someone would do that only once a year and the purpose would be to get rid of the thatch layer.

As a matter of fact we encourage people to scalp your grass with all the grasses. That first early spring mowing when you think there’s going to be no more frosts or anything like that. You cut the grass off extra short and then you rake up all that dead material.

Scalp Your Grass Early in the Spring

If you don’t bag your clippings, over a year’s worth of mowing you’re going to build up a substantial layer of thatch in there. Also your grass went dormant over the winter and all the grass is brown and the new grass is going to grow up through that.

The new green grass is going to grow up through the thatch layer and the dormant grass, so you’re going to have this layer of basically dead grass in there that’s like hay. So you go in there and cut it off short. You don’t want to leave it out there. ‘Cause there’s going to be a lot of material to get rid of. You cut it off short.

It has to be raked up or you’ve defeated the purpose. You got to rake it up and get it out of there. And that’s really good to do because the Bermuda grasses are real dense as are the Zoysias. But it doesn’t hurt the St. Augustine to scalp your grass early in the growing season either. It’s a good idea to do that with all those.

Don’t Scalp Your Grass during the Summer in the Houston Area

Don't Scalp Your Grass During the Summer
Don’t Scalp Your Grass During the Summer

Like I said it’s an early spring thing that you do. You never want to do it again because scalping is not good for any grass when it gets hot outside. You’re cutting off the grass’s ability to collect sunlight and you’re really stressing the plant. In a lot of cases if you don’t follow it up with a big watering right after you do that whether accidentally or not you’ll kill the grass.

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You can pick up your grass at our office in Arcola, just off Highway 6 and a few miles east of Sienna Plantation.  We’re also happy to deliver your grass to your project site and we can arrange for professional installation too.  Just call us at 281-431-7441.