Basic lawn care and mowing is vital to growing a healthy lawn. Here are 10 mowing tips to consider for your lawn.
While mowing seems like a simple concept, but each time you mow your lawn you are creating room for your lawn’s success or failure. Mowing incorrectly can cause your lawn to struggle to survive. It is important to scheduling mowing so that you are not removing more than 1/3 of a blade of grass with each cutting.
Scalping the lawn is cutting it too short. You want to avoid scalping your grass which can cause it to be vulnerable to weed infestation and diseases. Grass that is consistently cut too short tends to have a poorly developed root system and is susceptible to damage from high temperatures.
Making sure that your mower blades stay sharp is key for the best results. A dull blade will cause tears in the grass blades with jagged and uneven edges. These tears will create the perfect openings for pests and diseases to get in. It is recommended to sharpen your mower blades a few times during the mowing season. You may want to also consider purchasing an extra mower blade, so you always have a sharp one ready to go.
When was the last time you adjusted your mower blade height? It is important to adjust the height of your mower blades as the season changes. By shifting the cutting deck to a higher height can let the grass grow longer. When the grass is taller it helps shade the soil, which helps prevent weed growth and slows down the evaporation from the soil.
Lawns that have shaded areas do benefit from a higher mowing height. Keeping grass blades longer can benefit the grasses success since it is in a low light area.
While mowing a wet lawn isn’t the worst thing in the world, it doesn’t yield the best results. Wet grass can clog up your mower deck causing more issues down the line. Because wet grass can clump together it can also cause uneven mowing. When the grass is wet it is realistic that the soil is damp too. This can cause your wheels to tear up the grass even more.
Mowing can cause stress to the grass. The best time to mow is during the cooler part of the day. Mowing in the heat of the day can cause the grass to dry out, doing it later in the day can be safer for the grass.
Letting grass clippings lie on the lawn after cutting can help fertilize your lawn. This is known as grasscycling. While it may seem counterproductive, leaving clippings on the grass it can provide up to 25% of the lawn fertilizer you need.
The same mowing pattern can push down the soil and create ruts. These ruts can lead to the grass becoming less healthy and even lead to weeds that will thrive in the compacted soil.
You need to pay attention and be careful when mowing on a hillside or slope. Mowing a slope when wet can be even more dangerous and slippery. It is best to mow slopes from side to side and not up and down. Consider replacing grass with a ground cover for steeper slopes.
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