Mowing is one of the most important things you can do for a clean, healthy lawn. It keeps weeds in check while creating a uniform height across your home’s landscape. However, there are a few tips you should follow when mowing to create a healthy lawn.
#1) Mow When Dry
If you’ve ever attempted to mow your lawn when the grass is wet, you probably know just how difficult it can be. The wet grass clumps up in the blades in blower, forcing you to stop and remove the clumps by hand every few minutes.
Not only is this a pain, but it’s also bad for your grass due to the uneven cuts made by the mower blade. This is why it’s recommended that you wait until the grass is dry to mow your lawn.
#2) Rotate Mowing Patterns
Many homeowners are guilty of using the same mowing pattern each time they mow their lawn. While this seems harmless enough, it encourages uneven grass.
You see, grass grows in the direction in which it’s cut. If you mow your lawn in the same pattern or direction every time, it will continue to grow in that direction.
#3) Adjust Height Accordingly
The height at which you mow your lawn will affect its health. Different grasses are best maintained at different heights. Cool-season grasses, for example, are best maintained at 3 inches, whereas warm-season grasses prefer shorter heights of just 1 to 2 inches.
So, set your mower blade to a height that’s appropriate for your lawn grass. If you need help choosing the right height, visit a local plant nursery and ask for assistance.
#4) Avoid Mowing During Midday
What’s wrong with mowing your lawn during the midday hours? Grass is more susceptible to stress during this time because of the heat and lack of moisture.
As the hours roll into the midday, moisture will evaporate from the grass, increasing the risk of harm from mowing. Mowing either in the early morning or late evening, on the other hand, places minimal stress on your lawn.
#5) Recycle Clippings
While some homeowners bag and dispose of their grass clippings to create a cleaner appearance for their lawn, recycling grass clippings is actually a better idea.
When you recycle grass clippings, it provides additional nutrients for your lawn. The nutrients within the clippings will leach into the soil, where they are absorbed by your lawn’s grass and plants.
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