5 Things To Remember When Mowing Your Lawn

A seemingly simple task, how you mow your lawn can make a critical difference in the overall look and health of your lawn. Believe it or not, there are certain techniques and practices that you should follow to make sure that you are properly taking care of your property. After all, first impressions are most important, and how your lawn looks to visitors and potential buyers is the first look they’ll have when visiting or appraising your home.

While there is a lot to think about, we’re here to help! The expert landscape designers and maintenance specialists here at Hidden Creek Landscaping know exactly how to create the lawn perfect for your needs, and how to keep it in the most pristine shape possible. Learn more about how we can help maintain your investment.

There are several things you should keep front of mind when taking care of your lawn. We’ll discuss our top five recommendations below.

1. Maintaining the proper mowing height helps to prevent disease.

We often take for granted the health of our grass, cutting it too short or letting it go too long. Setting your mower deck at the appropriate height is probably the most important thing you can do when it comes to mowing your lawn. Set it too low, and you run the risk of creating bald spots on slight rises and dips, too long, and you run the risk of encouraging weed growth and exposing your lawn to pests and disease. Mowing your lawn at the right height helps to keep your lawn from yellowing and stress-related diseases.

In general, you’ll want to never cut more than 1/3 of the blade of grass at any one time. During heavy growing seasons like spring, this could mean that you’ll need to mow your lawn twice a week to keep it at the proper height of 3-4”. Creating a perfect lawn requires a lot of work and patience!

2. Keep your blade nice and sharp!

We’ve all picked up a pair of scissors at some point that was too dull. Remember how they tore the paper you were trying to cut, leaving the edges jagged and the pages torn? The same thing could be happening to your grass if your mower blade isn’t kept nice and sharp! Dull tools can ruin any project, whether its arts and crafts, or creating a picture-perfect lawn.

Dull mower blades will rip and tear your blades of grass, leading to yellowed tips and stressed turf. This in turn could lead to disease, even killing off large sections of your lawn. We recommend that you sharpen your blades every 8-10 cuttings to keep them sharp and safe for your lawn.

3. Keep the right frequency.

Tied closely to the need for mowing at the appropriate height, keeping watch over your grass during the growing season is critical in maintaining lawn health. Experts recommend that you grow your grass to between 3-4” to keep it at its healthiest. Since you never want to cut off more than 1/3 of the blade, this could mean that you are mowing twice a week during the spring, but only every other week or even less during the winter.

4. Change is a good thing!

It’s very easy to get stuck in the same routine when mowing your lawn. Starting in the same place every time, following the same pattern as you go. While seeing a freshly mowed lawn with its straight lines can be appealing, it can have a negative effect on your lawn. The patterns you see are caused by the “uptake” force as the mower moves over the grass. On the reverse, it also forces the grass to “lay” down in a given direction. This causes the sun to hit the blades of grass in different ways, which could create permanent stripes on your lawn.

You want your grass to enjoy the sunshine on all sides! To achieve this you’ll want to mix up your mowing pattern, allowing the grass to lay in different directions each time. Plus it could be fun to come up with new patterns to show off your healthy lawn!

5. Let it dry!

Last but most importantly, never ever mow your lawn when it’s wet! The clippings can stick together, become tangled, and clump in your mower’s catcher. They also get stuck on the remaining blades, preventing the healthy grass from getting their needed sunshine. Mowing a wet lawn is also very hard on the soil. The heavy mower on wet earth can lead to soil compaction, which leads to thinning, unhealthy grass. Pay attention to the weather and you’ll make your job that much easier in the long run!

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Keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful is a lot to think about! The good news is that we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn how Hidden Creek Landscaping can make your life easier.

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How Often Should I Mow My Lawn?

Everyone loves to see their lawn well-manicured and in stunning shape. A great lawn sets the stage for your home or business and gives your property the perfect backdrop for picturesque landscaping. It gives you the outdoor space you need to entertain or relax, a place for the kids to play on a summer day, or for you to relax in the shade.

According to some research, lawn quality is one of the first impressions a buyer will comment on when previewing a property to purchase, so a well-kept lawn is proven to increase property values.

Creating and maintaining a lush, healthy lawn requires adhering to a regular schedule of maintenance and using the proper techniques to help combat weeds, bald patches, and discoloration.

How often you should mow and other maintenance tasks you should undertake depends on the nature of your property and the vision you have for your outdoor space. Give us a call at Hidden Creek Landscaping for a free consultation. We’d love to help you plan, create, and maintain a beautiful lawn.

How do climate and season affect lawn maintenance?

Climate and season are two of the most critical factors to consider when it comes to your lawn maintenance schedule. The rate of growth of your grass depends on season and temperature, so if it’s warmer, you’ll need to mow the lawn more frequently, while during colder times your grass is more dormant, so slower to grow.

This means that you’ll want to adjust your mowing schedule to reflect the time of year. As you move into fall and temperatures start to drop, you can ease off of more frequent mowing. Then, when the grass stops growing over winter you can take a break, until growth picks back up in the spring and you need to get back out there on a more frequent schedule!

Does lawn height play a role?

Your desired lawn height is what to pay attention to when getting started for the season. If you cut the grass too short, it can lead to diminished root ability to absorb water and nutrients. This ultimately leads to discolored, unhealthy grass. On the flip side, allowing grass to grow too long leaves your lawn looking ragged and messy, also allowing weeds to grow.

In general, the target for cutting your grass is when it reaches 3-4 inches in height. This range is considered the optimal point at which cutting the grass doesn’t harm its growth, while maintaining an appealing appearance.

What is the 1/3 rule?

The 1/3 rule is the golden measure when it comes to cutting overgrown grass. If your lawn becomes overgrown, it is always tempting to go all in, cutting it down to size at once. This is an absolutely terrible idea! Cutting more than 1/3 off the top of the grass can shock it and cause severe discoloration. You are basically robbing the grass of essential nutrients, causing it to become malnourished and unhealthy.

It also causes the lower, remaining parts of the grass to become weather-beaten, particularly if the big cut is the first of the season. Tall grass provides shelter from direct sunlight for the base, so suddenly exposing the lower parts of the blade of grass essentially causes it to become sunburned.

Also, once you’ve started your regular seasonal cycle of lawn maintenance, you can leave the grass clippings in place on the grass. The clippings act as fertilizer, providing essential nutrients like nitrogen. Cutting too much off the grass causes excess clippings that lay on top of and suffocate your lawn. The resulting clumping is not only unappealing, it will kill your grass in patches. Removing no more than 1/3 at any time is the only way to prevent this terrible result!

The short answer is that if your grass is significantly overgrown, you’ll need to cut the grass more often, removing only 1/3 at a time until you reach the height that you prefer.

So, how often should I mow?

There are a couple of other factors that come into consideration when determining how often you need to mow. The amount of sunlight could encourage slower or faster growth, and the type of grass you have also plays a significant factor. You’ll also need to adjust your schedule if the season is particularly rainy or dry. More water means that the grass will grow more quickly and require more frequent mowing, while drier days means you don’t need to get out there as often.

The good news is that we are here to help! Our commitment is to help you grow and maintain a happy and healthy yard. We’ll work directly with you to not only design a perfect yard, but to help you keep it in tip-top shape. Learn more about the design and maintenance services we provide. Let us take the guesswork out of how best to keep your space well-manicured and looking good.

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