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.
We’ll work hard on your lawn so you don’t have to!