Category Archives: Lawn Care

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Lawn Mowing Tips and Tricks

Mowing the grass is a pretty easy and straight forward task for most people, but are you making it harder than it needs to be without even knowing it? Follow these ten tips to make cutting the lawn more manageable and beneficial for your grass.

Sharpen the Blades

At first, you may think this tip lengthens your to-do list, but sharp blades prevent you from making multiple passes. Taking some time at the beginning of the summer can make mowing the lawn easier for the rest of the season.

Top Off the Tank

There’s nothing more annoying than running out of fuel mid-mow. Plus, you’re advised not to refuel a hot lawnmower. If you think the gas tank is running low, remember to top it off before starting the mower next time.

Check the Lawn for Debris

The last thing you need is for sticks or rocks to dull your lawn mower’s freshly sharpened blades. To prevent this annoyance and injury hazard, move these items away from the grass before you start mowing.

Time Your Mowing Just Right

The best time of day to mow your lawn is when it’s chilly outside, so either in the morning or early evening. Mowing when it’s cool helps keep moisture locked into the roots where it needs to be. It also decreases the chance of heat exhaustion on your part. Still, the evening is more preferred to the morning. This gives the grass about 12 hours of being in the dark to heal before the sun comes up again. The grass also tends to be wet or dewy in the morning, and you shouldn’t mow when the grass it is wet.

Keep the Grass Long Enough

You may think to give your grass an extreme cut will prolong the time until you need to mow again. Cutting more than one-third of the blades at a time can cause damage to the grass. Plus, longer blades give the ground shade, which slows evaporation and helps prevent weeds from sprouting. This way, more frequent, less extreme cuts give you a healthier lawn and fewer weeds to pull.

Keep Grass Even Longer in the Shade

Long grass means there are long roots. The grass growing under a tree must compete with tree roots for water and nutrients, help the grass stay as healthy as possible, and leave it longer than the grass growing in the sun.

Rethink Your Mowing Schedule

It’s easy to remember to cut your grass on a weekly schedule, but remember that dry, hot weather slows the growth of cool-season grass. In these conditions, you’ll be able to mow less frequently without harming the grass.

Change Up Your Mowing Pattern

You might get into the habit of always moving along the same route when mowing, but since grass tends to grow and lean in the direction you mow, you’ll encourage more upward growth to switch up the way you cut each time.

Skip the Bag

Do you think to leave grass clippings behind makes your yard look messy? Maybe, but this organic fertilizing technique returns nitrogen and other valuable nutrients to the soil. Ensure you shoot grass clippings onto areas you’ve already mowed as a free way to promote a healthier lawn.

Use Caution on Hills

If your yard is steep, don’t mow straight up and down. This could make you slip and fall and hurt yourself. For an easier way of mowing and a reduced chance of injury, mow from side to side across the hill.

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Preparing Your Yard For Summer

Category : Lawn Care

While early spring is still here and in full bloom, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer and your backyard and lawn. This means tackling some critical tasks around the yard, on your patio, and in your garden to ensure that all areas will be set to go when the sunshine comes in. There are five things you can do to prepare your yard and lawn for summer:

Prepare Garden Beds & Plant

Spring is the best time to start preparing and planting in your backyard and garden area. Layout a plan for what plants or flowers can be planted and plants that need to be planted at a later date. Take some time to weed and prepare your garden beds with new soil, so you have a fresh base to work with. This is also a perfect time to tackle any plants that may not have survived the winter or need a clean up before the weather warms up.

Care For The Lawn

Your lawn is such a big part of backyards and, therefore, generally needs the most care. This is an excellent time to water, weed, replant, and overhaul your yard to make sure it is in the best shape. Don’t forget to mow the lawn afterward to get that grass at a perfect length for the warm season.

Overhaul The Patio

Your patio will be the center of attention in your backyard for entertaining or relaxing on a nice day. You’ll want to make sure it’s ready for the excellent weather by preparing it ahead of time. Start cleaning the patio with a powerwasher or in general. Wipe down the patio furniture that was probably stored away. If your patio furniture can be fixed-up, do this now so you won’t have to worry about it when you’re ready to use it.

Consider Lighting & Warmth

Making your backyard a comfortable space to spend time at night can increase the use of your space. To make sure that your space will be ready for nights outside now is an excellent time to consider adding in any landscape lighting into the yard and a source of heat to extend those summer night hangouts. Adding lighting to an outdoor area can be as easy as putting a permanent source of lightings, such as a fixture or hanging lights, or adding solar lights. For heat, consider installing or placing a heater into the backyard to create an extra warm and comfortable area for everyone to enjoy. 

Plan An Exterior Home Clean

It’s important to plan time to clean the exterior of your home, storage spaces such as sheds and anything else that might need some cleaning. Whether you choose to hand wash the areas that need it most or decide to do a complete overhaul on the space cleaning out anything that isn’t required and washing everything that can be washed, it will be worth it. 

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