Lawn Mowing Tips for a Healthy Lawn
If you want to have a lush, green lawn, the key to your success is maintaining your lawn through proper mowing. Here are some tips to help you:
First of all, it is important to understand how to mow the lawn correctly. Make sure to always use a higher setting, especially during the hot summer months. Never cut the grass too low, as this can cause scaling, which is the main reason grass grows unevenly.
Never remove too much grass when mowing; This is another big mistake that a lot of people make. Never cut more than one third of the length of the grass blades. However, if you think your lawn is growing fast and cutting 1/3 of the blade doesn’t seem to have the desired effect, you can wait a few days and then cut again. Sometimes it is necessary to mow the lawn twice a week to keep the lawn beautiful.
It is also important to keep the cutting blades very sharp. If you mow with a dull blade, you will tear the ends of the grass instead of cutting them. This creates jagged edges that tend to turn brown and make your lawn look dry. It can also cause problems with fungi and lawn diseases if you cut with a dull blade.
Always move in different directions. For example, one week mow diagonally, the next week mow horizontally, and the following week mow in a vertical pattern. Changing the direction in which you mow is an effective method of mowing because it prevents grass blades from leaning over the grass.
Never make sharp turns when mowing. If you avoid turning the mower sharply, you will get better results. The easiest way to make a smooth turn is to use a walkway, patio, or driveway to turn the mower. Another option is to make header strips that turn the mower at the end of each row as it reaches the header. Doing this will give you a nice even cut – faster turns always end up creating a jagged look.
Do not mow the grass when it is still wet. If it has rained outside or the grass is damp from morning dew, wait until the grass has dried completely and then mow it. Never mow early in the morning or after a rain. And of course, never mow after you’ve watered the lawn. This will only cause uneven cuts and encourage fungal growth.
When mowing a new lawn, you’ll need to be a little more careful. Wait until the blades have grown approximately 1/3 of the recommended height to cut the type of grass you have planted. Cutting the grass before the blades have reached a certain height will only stress the grass. Use a light mower until the grass gets stronger. Use very sharp blades, not only to ensure a good cut, but because with young grass, a dull blade will pull the blades out by the roots.