Friday, November 13, 2015

Tips and Tricks for Mowing

Lawn mowing habits can define the overall quality of grass over time. This is why good mowing habits matter. It is not complicated to keep these habits up, and in return, huge improvements in the grass health and aesthetic will be obvious. Below are a few guiding tips to great lawn health.

1. Mow By Lawn Height

Forget the old rote about calendar schedule mowing, mowing by grass height is much more time efficient. Research your grass type to find optimum mowing height. While this might sound like a job for a specialist, it is actually very easy to do, as many grass types and heights are on the internet. Use this information to allow grasses to
grow an additional one-third of this length. Finally, cut the grass down by one-third to achieve optimum height once more. It will be easy to maintain a lush looking lawn by mowing mowing at this height until fall. It after the fall season that grass begins to grow dormant.

2. Mix Up Mowing Routes

It is always good to switch mowing patterns. Mowing your lawn in the same direction every time is definitely easier for what can seem like a begrudging task, but soil health is at risk. Same direction mowing can compress lawn soil beyond rescue. In dire cases, ruts are created, and grass will pattern will be uniform. Ever wonder how some lawns seem to achieve an emerald, textured upright pattern similar to shag carpet? Grass grows in the direction it is mowed. Besides, depressions in soil will become visible after a time, creating an uneven looking lawn that may be hard to remedy.

3. If It's Wet, Don't Mow Yet

Do not cut grass when it wet. After a recent rain one may be tempted to get out and get the mowing over with, however these grass clippings can harm mowers, and make the blades much more ineffectual. Of course, landscapers are commonly caught doing just this as the early morning hours. Wet and clumpy grass that falls across a landscape can create the ideal conditions for bacterial disease to start as light is blocked from growing grass. For example, if your grass has grown higher than one-third and it is still moist outside, it is advisable to way until drier conditions lower the risk of clippings clogging the mower and grass die-off, which will create unsightly patches of diseased grass.

4. Take Care of Blades

 That's right: avoid activity that will dull mower blades. A plush lawn can be a hefty investment. It is easy to spend hundreds of dollars a year to maintain lawns with aeration, fertilizer, watering, and keeping pests under control. In addition to the tips above, simply keeping blades sharp will lessen the amount of effort needed to keep grass looking its best. Sharp blades make clean cuts that not only keep lawns looking their best, you are also capitalizing on the initial investment of your equipment by extending mower life. Blade replacement will eventually need to happen, but lengthening the time that this needs to happen will be easier on your wallet and your yard.

Using these tips will assist in identification of problems commonly experienced during the course of your lawn mowing career. Before giving up and re-landscaping with a Japanese zen garden, just troubleshoot your mowing routine. Also, remember to adhere to common seasonal mower guidelines (winterizng motors after a frigid period of just sitting in the garage and not allowing your mower to be exposed to extreme conditions)and you will see a higher return on your mowing experience for the long term.