Lawn Mowing Tips and Tricks

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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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Caring For Your Newly Hydroseeded Lawn

If your lawn has been recently hydroseeded, you need to learn how to take care of it properly. Getting it to thrive within the first few weeks of being planted is how you’ll keep it looking its best for months to come!

Proper Watering

After your lawn is first hydroseeded, allow the mulch to dry over the next day before watering it. During the first two weeks of having the hydroseed, water all areas of the lawn every day, keeping everything slightly moist to speed up the germination. Water for 10 to 20 minutes per section, twice a day, if you possibly can. Be sure to limit the watering time if you are causing run-off damage. Try not to water if heavy rain is predicted within the next 12 hours because you don’t want to over-water. When the daytime temperature is 85 degrees or higher with high humidity, do not water day or night until the temperature drops below 85 degrees. Allow the area to remain dry. During extreme heat conditions, you can end up “cooking” the grass and promote fungus growth by watering. In more shady areas, allow the mulch to dry out between watering after you have mowed the lawn once and water less often while increasing the amount of watering time. This tactic will promote deeper root growth. A hydroseeded lawn should receive 1″ to 2″ of water each week.

Mowing

Mow the grass as soon as needed and allow the area to dry out before mowing. Cut your grass on a high setting to keep the grass cooler and weed seeds from germinating and try not to cut off more than 1/3 of the grass when mowing. It will most likely be necessary to mow twice a week in the beginning because growth will come in fast. Constant mowing promotes root growth and kills many of the weeds. You don’t have to pick up the clippings unless the grass cuttings are smothering the new grass.

Fertilizing

With Dudley’s, we will do all the follow-up fertilizing and washout repairs if you have a sprinkler system, water every other day in the early morning. This promotes deeper root growth. If you water with a hose, water 2 hours each section (2 times per week preferred.) There are 2-hour timers available at local hardware stores allowing you to start the watering without worrying about turning it off. Mowing 2 times per week promotes better root growth and deters weed from sprouting. 

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Dudley’s Tree and Landscape provide towns in Massachusetts and lower New Hampshire with hydroseeding services to make your lawn look its best! Contact us if you are interested in hydroseeding your lawn. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 978-373-1510.


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