Mowing the lawn is one of the most fundamental aspects of lawn care. It’s also one of the most essential. Maintained mowing keeps the grass healthy and encourages lateral growth/density & a deeper root system – Which, in turn, allows for better absorption of nutrients and water. Here are some excellent tips for mowing your lawn more efficiently and effectively:
- Mow frequently. It’s unhealthy to cut off too much of the grass at once. It makes the grass more vulnerable to disease. You shouldn’t ever be cutting off more than ⅓ of the grass blade in each mowing.
- Keep a consistent schedule. Mowing frequently encourages lateral growth & lawn density, which helps protect the grass from pests & weeds.
- Proper mow-height. Different types of grasses need to be cut at different heights. Look up or ask a professional about the ideal height for your specific grass type.
- Mow high during high temps. During the summer, raise the lawnmower blade by ½ an inch so that the grass will be slightly taller for the season. Doing so makes your grass more tolerant of heat & drought stress. Longer leaves also shade the soil better and prevent weeds from growing. As summer ends, lower the height again; it’s best to do this gradually rather than all at once.
- Leave the grass clippings on your lawn. They will naturally decompose and return nutrients to the soil. Just be sure the organic material is no thicker than about a 1/2 inch. Dense grass clippings will block out essential sunlight & harbor excessive moisture, encouraging lawn diseases.
- Go over each part of the lawn only once; don’t overlap pathways.
- Change directions each time you mow to ensure an even surface.