YEAR ROUND LAWN CARE
Lawn mowing tips for healthy grass
An average homeowner spends almost four hours every week working in the garden and mows the lawn nearly thirty times a year. When done properly your lawn will pay you back tenfold. It has been proven that properties with real grass are significantly cooler than the areas without any lawn. Grass of the lawn releases a considerable amount of clean oxygen for us to breathe and captures tons of dust and dirt to help keep our family healthy.
Love it or loathe it, mowing your lawn is an essential part of keeping your grass good looking and healthy. Without proper mowing, even a first-class turf quickly becomes just another rough weed patch. How you mow, when you mow, and the type of equipment you use for mowing, all will make a difference. Every time you mow, the grass grows more densely, creating a luxuriant look. Mowing also prevents weeds growth and makes the grass more resilient.
Below are few tips to follow for a lush and beautiful lawn:
Best time of the day for mowing
It is observed that mid-morning is the perfect time for mowing your lawn after the dew on the grass has dried up. Your lawn-mower has to work harder if the grass is damp, and it causes uneven cut. Late afternoon is also a good time for cutting.
Mowing at mid-day should be avoided because of high temperature. Avoid mowing in the evening, too, because lawn mowing is a stressful event for your grass, and it needs time to recover.
Before mowing, take a look at your yard and remove anything that's not grass, like rocks, stones, sticks, weeds and balls. By reducing all the hurdles that can come up in your way while mowing, you can save time, and also the blades on your mower will remain sharp throughout the season.
Mow on dry days
Mowing just after a rainstorm, when the grass is still wet, can give your lawn an uneven and rough cut. With damp grass, the blade bends over and clumps up, which leads to irregular strand length. Mowing a wet lawn leads to the jamming of the mower, and it also harms the blade.
On the other hand, dry grass stands up straight, which results in an excellent uniform cut that won't mat up during mulching.
Following the one third rule
On each mow, reduce the lawn height by only one third. Cutting more than that would affect the health and vigor of the grass.
Stay away from new patches
Only mow the grass, which reaches the height of 4cm. Avoid mowing newly sown patches of lawn; it will damage their growth.
Adjusting the height of the blade
For grasses of cool climate: use a 1-1/2 inches blade height, for the first mowing of the year, by cutting the above dead parts, more sunlight can reach down to the roots of the grass.
During the heat of summer, raise the blade to two inches or more and then for the last cutting of the year, lower it back to 1-1/2 inches.
For grasses of warm climate: a blade height will be about 1/2 inch lower.
While tuning your blade height, measure from a hard surface to the bottom of the mower, then add 1/4 inch. Most blades sit 1/4 inch above the bottom of the deck.
Trimming of edges
Overgrown edges can create a bad impression, and make a well-cared lawn, look messy. For a perfect finish, use a half-moon tool to cut the edges of your lawn and trim the overhanging grasses afterward.
Mulch the leftovers
Grass clippings of up to one-inch height can be left in your lawn. They are about 85% water, so they decompose quickly in the soil and become a good source of nutrients and nitrogen for your lawn.
Change your mowing pattern
Change the direction of mowing, frequently to promote upright shoot growth.
- If possible, mow at right angles every other time.
- By alternating mowing patterns, continuous scalping and soil compaction can be prevented.
- Grass tends to grow in the direction it is cut, so by changing the mowing pattern, it creates a grain effect, which looks cool.
Sharpen your mower blades
- A dull blade of mower tears grass instead of cutting it accurately and make plants more susceptible to diseases.
- A well-maintained, balanced and sharp blade cuts grass evenly, and thus conserve water by reducing the need for irrigation.
In conclusion, proper mowing practices contribute to a healthy lawn and minimal weed growth, which can improve the look of grass with time, even during harsh weather, like high temperatures, drought, and winter snow. So, take care of your lawn with the above-described mowing tips for a healthier lawn.
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