The Basics of Proper Mowing For Better Lawn Care

In order for any lawn to look lush and smooth, it is vital that it be mowed regularly. The height of the grass has to be maintained at optimal levels to ensure that the lawn stays healthy even as it looks terrific. Proper mowing techniques include determining the right amount of grass to cut, the frequency of the mowing, and the angle of the mower. When it comes to mowing, you need to determine how much you are willing to reduce the lawn height by each time you mow. This is because very short grass will dry the soil quickly and necessitate more frequent watering. Moreover, if the lawn is mowed very short the roots will not be able to grow deep, leading to grass that cannot survive drought conditions or pest attacks. At any given time you should also not cut more than a third of the grass height. This means if you have missed mowing the lawn for a couple of weeks during the growing season, reduce the height of the grass gradually by reducing only third of the height each time. In order to have a thriving and lush lawn you need to ensure that you are mowing it at the right frequency. Too short or too long grass can both lead to weak roots. In summer, the peak of the growing season, you might want to mow the lawn twice a week. In spring and fall you should schedule mowing only once a week. Generally, in winter grass grows very slowly so you do not need to mow the lawn at all. When you mow the lawn you need to take care of the clippings as well. If you are mowing regularly and the clippings are short, you can leave them on the lawn as they will decompose and add valuable nitrogen to the soil, reducing the fertilizer requirement by 25 percent. If, however, you have missed a few mowing and the lawn is very high, you need to collect the clippings and mulch or compost it before returning it to the soil. A striped lawn looks much more attractive than a lawn that has been mowed without any design. To achieve this, simply decide on the pattern you want and move the mower in opposite directions to obtain the stripes. One of the other important factors that can affect the quality of your lawn when mowing is the quality of the blades of the lawn mower. If the blades are blunt or not sharp enough, the grass can be cut with ragged edges and not provide a smooth surface. Moreover, the grass can be damaged, leading to bald patches or browning. Check the blades of the mower periodically to ensure that the grass is not damaged when you mow it. These steps will ensure that your lawn sparkles after mowing it.

March 23, 2016