From One Lawn to Another

Your lawn is an important part of your property, which is why you want to do everything you possibly can to ensure its health and appearance are maintained at all times. We have some additional tips about mowing your lawn, a task that is sometimes viewed as something that does not require a lot of thought, that will help your grass grow steadily and exude health. Here are some tips to help you make sure your mowing habits are not hurting your lawn. The time of day is a very important consideration in order to mow your lawn successfully. It may be tempting to rise early and get your lawn mown before the heat of the day rises to an unbearable degree. Sure, you might be getting this task done and out of the way for the day, but your lawn will suffer. Mowing your grass in the early part of the day makes it vulnerable to sun scorch. Cutting the grass is actually quite traumatic for the plant because you are exposing the bottom of the grass blade to sunlight. When the grass is higher, the base of the blade is protected and shaded, meaning it is easier for it to retain moisture and stay cool. Mowing the lawn too low and in the morning or early afternoon will expose this vulnerable part of the plant and make it more difficult to retain moisture, which will cause the grass to become weak and dry. You should make it a goal to only cut the grass after the hottest part of the day has passed. This way both you and your lawn will be protected from the hot heat of the sun and its negative effects. One aspect of mowing that you will often hear differing opinions on is what to do with the clippings. Some people do not like how the clippings litter the lawn, and truthfully it does make your lawn look a bit less kempt if the clippings are in clumps. However, keeping the clippings on your grass is very advantageous. The idea is to keep a continuous circle of life when it comes to your lawn. As your grass grows, you can cut the blades down and leave them on top of your lawn where they will break down and deliver nutrients back into the soil, giving your grass the food it needs to grow in a healthy manner. If you keep your mower set on high while you cut, there should not be huge clumps of clippings that will mar the appearance of your lawn. If there are too many clumps for you, use a rake to break up the clumps and spread the clippings evenly over the grass. Another benefit to keeping your mower setting on “high” is that it allows your grass to retain moisture, which means you will not have to water it as much in order for the grass to stay resilient and colorful. Remember that mowing your lawn is a very traumatic experience for your grass if not performed properly. So by keeping your mower setting on high and not cutting the blade down close to the root, you are helping the lawn become stronger. A sturdy lawn means the roots are able to fight off weeds, which work hard to steal the nutrients and water from your turf. With the addition of the clippings, your lawn has a chance to grow to its best ability, making your property appear professionally groomed and maintained all year long.

January 2, 2018