Category : Lawn Care
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.