Easy Tips For Lawn Mowing Your Yard
Simple Lawn Tips
Tips for lawn mowing will help you maintain your lawn. Mowing seems simple, but each time you cut your grass will either promote or deter its growth. Mow correctly and you’re turf will be healthy, drought-tolerant and thick enough to crowd out weeds. Mow incorrectly and your lawn will struggle to survive.
Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short
- Avoid Grass Scalping: Which is cutting it too short. A scalped lawn is vulnerable to diseases and weed infestation. Scalped turf tends to be weak and have inconsistent growth. Weeds thrive in exposed soil that allows seeds to take root. A sparse lawn also lets sunlight reach weed seedlings and give them a boost. Grass cut too short has a poorly developed root system, which makes the lawn more susceptible to serious damage from drought or high temperatures.
- Adjust mower height: Taller grass helps shade soil, which prevents weed growth and slows water evaporation from soil. Taller grass develops deeper roots, as a result creates a lawn that can withstand drought. In late autumn, in regions where winter brings snow cover, lower the cutting deck for the last mowing of the season to help prevent snow mold from forming on grass.
- Keep your mower blade sharp: A sharp blade cuts grass cleanly, while a dull blade tears grass, creating a jagged, uneven edge. These tears create openings for pests and diseases to enter grass blades. Sharpen blades at least a few times during the mowing season. Avoid mowing over thick branches or stones to reduce blade dulling or even damage.
Mowing During Ideal Conditions
- Mowing during cooler temperatures: When you prune a plant, it causes stress. Grass is no different and the act of mowing creates tremendous stress on grass plants. If you mow during the heat of the day, grass plants lose more water and recover much more slowly. Another option is to wait until the lawn is shaded. Grass in the shaded areas loses less water when cut and is quicker to have optimum growth.
- Shady Lawns: Lawns that have difficulty growing in shady areas will benefit from a higher mowing height. Longer grass blades have a greater surface area for conducting photosynthesis.
- Mow when grass is dry: Another tip for mowing lawns is avoid mowing a wet lawn. This doesn’t harm the grass, but it doesn’t yield the best results. Wet grass fills and clogs a mower deck. Always avoid mowing in soggy soil, or you risk creating wheel ruts and tearing up grass.
Well Groomed Yard
When mowing, roll a wheel of the mower on this edging, and you’ll never have to string trim edges. Use any number of materials to create your edging, including bricks, gravel, concrete pavers or tightly packed crushed limestone, like crusher run.
When you let grass clippings lie on the lawn after cutting, that’s called grasscycling. It saves you time (no more bagging clippings), but it also saves money (no more yard waste bags or fees). Grass clippings can provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs, so you’ll save some dough on fertilizer, too. No need a specialized mulching mower, however you might want to replace your current mower blade with a mulching blade. Grasscycling works best with grass that’s mowed frequently and when only one-third of the grass blade length has been removed. Longer grass needs to be raked or collected in a bag attachment.
- You can grasscycle turf that’s grown too long if you’re willing to cut it first.
- Second to rake out the clippings and mow over them to chop them finely.
Hills and Slopes
The last tips for lawn mowing are to use care when mowing on a slope or hill. Even if that hill or slope is not too steep use caution. Never mow a slope when grass is wet because it creates slippery footing that can lead to serious injuries. To mow a slope safely, push the mower across the slope, not up and down. With short or small slopes, sometimes it’s easier to use a string trimmer to cut grass. Consider replacing grass with a low-maintenance ground cover for very steep slopes.
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Published on July 7th, 2017
Updated on January 9th, 2018