We have all fallen in love with spring and summer seasons. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of a lawnmower, refreshing drinks, and lots of sunshine – they all sound divine. However, all this means that it’s time to take care of your lawn so that you can keep it looking a healthy lush green. A well-maintained garden adds to the beauty of your home and neighborhood making it more attractive.
Whether you’re a professional mower or a homeowner, you should be able to take care of your grass like a pro! Mowing is a lot more than just cutting equal lengths and praying for the best. When done correctly, mowing helps keep your grass healthy, maintains your lawn, and adds a decorative yet manicured look to your yard and garden. A proper mowing technique can make your lawn look professionally managed and earn you envious looks from neighbors and friends.
Take some time out over the weekends or when you can find some free time and spend a few hours maintaining your lawn. Keeping your yard or garden looking healthy requires a bit of effort on your end.
Use these tips below to mow your lawn like a pro.
Sharpen your blades:
Like with so many things in our lives that need razor cutting, your grass will also react adversely if cut by blunt blades and edges. Keep your mower blades extra sharp to get precise and thin cuts to the exact measurement that you would like. You can use a mill bastard file or a wheel grinder to sharpen your mower blades. If you keep your blades dull, they might tear the grass out from the roots and cause bald spots in your garden, not to mention the pain of replanting fresh grass and hoping it multiplies.
With blunt and dull blades, the frayed edges will eventually turn brown and cause rot to set in and will harm the health of your good grass. Another adverse effect of a dull mower blade is that torn leaves increase the capacity for water loss which would result in extra watering.
Avoid these additional hassles by keeping your mower in good shape to prevent all these issues. Your lawn will look clean and healthy only if you keep your blades sharp.
Don’t cut too short:
As soon as you get your mower blades sharpened, you should set them to a height of approximately two to four inches tall. This height depends upon the type of grass you have planted and the height at which you need to mow your current lawn. Don’t cut your grass too short since the roots don’t get a good grip on the soil and cannot multiply correctly or grow deep. If the roots start failing, there is a chance that weed might set in and infect the healthy grass with disease and unwanted insects.
Like we saw earlier, short grass has lowered water-bearing capacity, and needs watering more regularly than taller grass. Taller grass has a good chance of spreading the roots and multiplying faster thereby becoming stronger from the sources to the tips. Longer grass also requires lesser water since it can store more water, and saves you excess watering time! Ideally, you should not cut more than 1/3rd of your grass height.
Longer roots are also drought-tolerant roots and will help keep the soil cool with shade and prevent weeds from getting a stronghold in your lawn.
Cut grass early:
Many of us have woken up to the sound on our neighbors’ lawnmowers. Almost all of us have wondered why they’re mowing their lawns so early in the morning. The reason for that is because the neighbors know the trick of cutting grass early in the day. Grass should not be cut when it’s still wet or has dew on it. Instead, once the morning dew has evaporated, and before the sun reaches its zenith, is when you should get your lawn mower out and cut your grass to perfection.
The sun is at its hottest and strongest between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm. Avoid cutting your grass during these time slots. If you still wake up late and start your mower when the sun is already hot, you risk the chance of the grass drying out due to excessive stress. Watering your lawn will also not help since evaporation will remove all traces of the water in approximately half an hour to forty-five minutes.
To avoid this pitfall, cut your grass mid to late morning when the grass it still cool and the day is just beginning to get hotter.
Use medium speed and take your time:
Avoid using the lawn mower on extremely high speeds. These excessive speeds should only be used when transporting to the area that is being cut. Once there, change the setting to one of medium speed to get optimum results. Apart from just the look of the garden, a medium speed setting helps in getting the best results from the grass and also helps you safely care for your lawn.
Speeding up the lawn mower can result in disastrous consequences, and you might lose control over the equipment. This is a safety hazard since the blades on the lawn mower are very sharp and can cut through many things with great ease. If you plan to trim the borders, lowering the speed setting to least will get you a precise cut.
Speeding through your lawn will also make you lose out on spots that need tending and increase your workload for the day.
Apart from just these tips, if you want to mow your lawn like a pro, you should use your mower in different directions every time you cut. Doing this will help create an even surface and prevent your grass from being shoved to one side. Shifting directions will also prevent the grass from being susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun.