When done correctly, lawn mowing offers more than just a cosmetic trim. It controls weeds, recycles nutrients, encourages deep root growth, and contributes to your lawn’s overall health and durability. The best mowing practices for your grass will vary depending on the season, weather conditions, grass species, and lawn management. It is essential to determine the best mowing process for your particular lawn to ensure you give your yard what it needs. Here are some good mowing practices for maintaining your lawn’s health.
Make Sure Your Mower Blades are Sharp
Using a dull lawnmower blade rips at the grass blades, leaving a ragged edge that turns brown. That jagged cut is an open wound where harmful diseases can enter the grass and cause serious damage to the turf plant, spreading from your lawn to trees or shrubs. When mowing your lawn, always make sure your mower blades are sharp. This will provide a neat, precise cut that minimizes damage to the plant. It is recommended to sharpen your lawnmower blades at least twice each season.
Determine Mowing Height
Mow at whichever is the tallest setting on your mower, but you should never cut off more than one-third of the grass blade at a time. When you mow your lawn too low, this stresses the grass, making it more susceptible to weeds, insects, and lawn diseases. To promote healthy lawn growth, you need to remain consistent with your grass height. For most turf species, the general rule of thumb is to keep the grass at the height of 3.5-4 inches.
Many homeowners like a manicured lawn. Mowing weekly is best along with string trimming and edging sidewalks and curbs. This will keep the lawn healthy and well maintained.
Save Grass Clippings
Leaving the grass clippings on your lawn after mowing lets nutrients return to the soil. Consider blowing grass clippings back onto your lawn after mowing. This keeps them off your driveways, sidewalks, and your neighbor’s property. You can also use a mulching blade to help reincorporate the clippings back into the lawn and help boost fertilization. This gives your yard a neat, manicured look.
Tips for Safe Lawn Mowing
It is important to be safe while operating a lawnmower or other landscaping equipment.
- Keep children and pets out of the yard
- Do a walk-through of the area before mowing. Clear out large sticks or other debris.
- Wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles, or boots.
- Don’t cut the lawn when it’s raining, lightning, or when the grass is slippery.
- Ensure your mower is in good working order at all times.
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