For most homeowners, a beautiful lawn and garden is something to be proud of. If you would like to achieve a healthy-looking lawn, it is important to maintain your turf throughout the year. This is all possible when you learn how to mow your lawn the right way.
Below are 10 top tips on how to mow your lawn to make sure it always looks great.
1. Mow Correctly
Mowing may seem like a simple enough task, but each time you decide to mow your grass, it can lead to failure or success. If you mow correctly, you will always have a strong and healthy turf that is resistant to drought and weeds. It is also important to time when you use your lawn mower and ensure that you avoid cutting off over one-third of the grass’s surface.
2. Avoid Scalping
Never scalp your grass, which means cutting the lawn too short. Scalped lawns become susceptible to weed infestation and diseases. A scalped turf is also sparse and weak, and this can expose the soil. The main contributor to a weed infestation is when the soil is exposed, allowing weed seeds to establish themselves. If your lawn is too sparse it also allows sunlight in which reaches the weed seeds, giving them just what they need to thrive. If you are cutting your grass too short, the root system does not have a chance to develop properly, making your grass a lot more vulnerable to damage caused by high temperatures or drought.
3. Use Sharp Mower Blades
The blade on your mower should always be sharp to achieve favorable results every time you mow your lawn. Sharp blades will cut the grass cleanly, opposed to a dull blade that tears the grass, resulting in uneven and jagged edges. The tears also create an opening for diseases and pests to invade the grass blades. If you cut your lawn with dull blades the grass will develop brown or whitish hues, which causes the tips on each grass blade to die back. It is important to have the blades sharpened a couple of times during an active mowing season. You should also avoid mowing over stones or thick branches to lower the chances of damaging or dulling the blades. It is also a good idea to invest in a second mower blade, which will ensure that you have a new blade ready when you need it.
4. Adjust The Height Of Your Mower
Make sure the height of the mower is adjusted according to the “growing season”. The cutting deck should be higher over the summer months, which will allow the grass to grow slightly longer. Taller grass provides shade for the soil to stop weeds from growing. Taller grass also reduces water evaporation allowing your lawn to develop much deeper roots. This also allows for a lawn that is much more resistant to drought.
5. Mowing In Shady Areas
The areas of your lawn that are shady will also benefit from a mowing height that is higher. Long grass blades offer a bigger surface area to conduct photosynthesis.
6. Only Mow Your Lawn When The Grass Is Dry
It is always best to mow dry grass. Mowing your lawn when the grass is wet won’t cause harm, but it also won’t achieve optimal results. If the grass is wet, it will clog and fill up the mower deck. It also clumps together and falls over while you are mowing, which can result in uneven cuts. It is also best to avoid mowing over wet or soggy soil, as this creates an opportunity to tear up the grass and create wheel ruts. If you only have time to mow your lawn when it is still damp, use a silicone spray or oil under your mower to stop the grass from accumulating along the underside of the mower. The blade on your mower should also be sharp to stop the machine from ripping or tearing the grass blades from the soil.
7. Try To Mow In The Shade
Whenever you prune plants or trees, it results in stress. Your grass is definitely no different. Mowing creates stress on your lawn, and if you are mowing during the hottest part of a day, the grass blades lose a lot of moisture and they also recover a lot slower compared to mowing when it is cooler. You can also wait until your lawn is in the shade before you start mowing. Shaded grass will lose less water once cut, and rebounds faster.
8. Use The Right Mowing Pattern
Another useful tip for when you mow your lawn is to use a different pattern each time. If you are cutting the grass the same way each time, the soil can become compacted which creates ruts. This can make your lawn vulnerable since weeds grow well in compacted soil.
Grasscycling involves leaving your grass clippings on the lawn after a cut. This will save you both time and money while providing your lawn with 25% of the fertilizer that your grass needs. It is advisable to use a mulching-blade that will cut your grass up into much smaller pieces. These smaller pieces will break down and decompose a lot faster. It is also advisable to try out an adapter-kit that comes with a plug that will fill up the hole where your clippings usually come out of your mower deck. You can buy a universal kit online or shop at one of your local stores that specialize in mowers.
10. Compost Clippings
Grasscycling works the best when you are mowing your grass regularly, and you are only removing one-third of the length of the grass blades. Longer grass should be collected in the bag attachment or raked up. It is possible to grasscycle a lawn that has grown very long if you are prepared to first mow the lawn, followed by raking the clippings, and to then mow over the pile to chop the grass into smaller pieces.