Lawn Care and Mowing, Make the most of this doable activity by performing it properly. Mowing when done correctly, will reduce the amount of fertilizer needed, create a healthier lawn therefore less maintenance and enhance the beauty of your home or green space. (park or sports field) So what exactly should be done?
The following Mowing guidelines will give your lawn a distinct advantage and appearance over an average lawn.
Always mow your lawn with a sharp blade because a sharp clean cut will allow your lawn to heal quicker than a dull blade.
A dull blade tends to tear the grass blade which takes more time to heal and invites problems such as fungus or disease.
Always mow your lawn when it is dry. This prevents a lot of unsightly clumps of grass left on the lawn and less work for you in going around afterwards raking up all those clumps.
If the clumps are large enough and left on the lawn for an extended period of time those clumps may even they may even kill the grass underneath it.
Always mow as the lawn needs it. Never cut more than the top 1/3 of grass blade.
To achieve optimal results in Lawn care and Mowing, always Mow on a regular basis, normally once a week. The frequency may change during the course of the mowing season to twice a week as your lawn grows at quicker rates during spring or a wet phase at some point in the summer.
Also a period of drought may slow the need for weekly cuts to even bi-weekly of longer depending on the severity of the drought.
Don’t scalp the lawn as you may send the lawn into shock. You will expose tender part of grass plant to the full strength of the sun and other elements all at once.
When you scalp the lawn you are taking away most of the blade which is the part that offers protection to the rest of your lawn components, the soil and roots.
The soil and therefore the roots of the lawn are now vulnerable to an increase air flow and heat over the lawn causing it to dry out rapidly. Your lawn may die or go into a dormant stage.
Always mow a lawn in a different direction from the previous cut. There are four different directions possible for most lawns. They are North to South, East to West, Northwest to Southeast and Northeast to Southwest.
By doing this lawn care and mowing tip you are preventing your lawn from bending over from repeated cuts from that direction. Instead by alternating the mowing pattern your lawn will “stand at attention” as the mower passes over it giving you a much more even cut and professional appearance.
The following are recommended mowing heights for various grass types. Minimum = Min., Maximum = Max. * In cases of extreme heat or drought the first four grass plant types Maximum Heights can be raised an inch as they are cool season grasses and are vulnerable to drought.
Ryegrass – Min. – 1-1/2”, Max. – 2-1/2”
Kentucky Bluegrass – Min. – 1-1/2”, Max. – 2-1/2”
Fine Fescue – Min. – 1-1/2”, Max. – 2-1/2”
Tall Fescue – Min. – 2”, Max. – 3”
Bahiagrass – Min. – 2”, Max. – 4”
Buffalograss – Min. – 2”, Max. – 3”
Bermudagrass – Min. – 1/2”, Max. – 2”
Carpetgrass – Min. – 2”, Max. – 3”
Centipedegrass – Min. – 1”, Max. 1-1/2”
Always, if possible mulch your lawn clippings back into your lawn at the proper height for your grass type and current weather conditions.
Mulching returns many of the valuable nutrients your lawn needs and lessens the amount of fertilizer need by your lawn to stay healthy.
The above lawn care and mowing guidelines are very simple to follow and by taking the time and care you will make your beautiful lawn stand out on your street.
“Keep It Simple to Succeed” lets get out there and make our lawns healthy and green!