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Cultural practices are basically the watering and mowing of your lawn. It is best to water in the early morning, not at night as that contributes to disease problems. It is best to mow weekly at 3 inches with a razor sharp blade. You don't need to bag the clippings if you aren't over fertilizing and you lawn is not growing too fast. You should only be cutting a third of the leaf blade off per cutting. Your lawn should be able to decompose the clippings without bagging and it needs the nutrients from the clippings to help build up microbial activity in the soil which helps your lawn decompose them. The older lawns (over 15 years old decompose them the fastest and usually have no thatch layer at all. The true thatch layer is in the root zone not on the surface as some people seem to think. You can see it when you perform a core aeration. Pick up one of the plugs and you will see the layers: the soil first on the bottom, then the thatch layer (spongy material) then the grass plant.