Mowing your lawn is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy, great looking lawn, but mowing can also be a conundrum. What's the best way to mow your lawn? And how do you ensure you're doing what's best for your lawn?
Here are 5 tips to help you keep your lawn in the best shape possible.
Don't Mow Your Grass Too Short
The best way to ensure your lawn is healthy and beautiful is to make sure you're using the right height on your lawnmower blade. Cut your lawn too high, and it will look straggly. Cut your lawn too short, and it's susceptible to diseases and weeds.
The #1 contributor to weed growth in your lawn is exposed dirt that weed seeds can get into.
To avoid these issues, consider putting your lawnmower blade height at 3.5-4" and mow as often as necessary, generally every 7-10 days. This will ensure your lawn is in the best shape possible without damaging the seed.
Sharpen Your Mower Blade
Keeping your mower's blade sharp ensures you're getting the best results possible from each mow. A sharp blade cuts grass evenly while a dull blade will cut unevenly and leave some areas of your lawn overgrown and uneven.
There are many ways to dull a mower blade. The most common is mowing over stone or wood pieces that end up dulling your blade. To avoid this, try to move large sticks or stones from your lawn before you mow.
To get the best results from your mower, make sure to sharpen your blade every 3 months if your lawn is ½ acre or less. If your lawn is larger, you may need to sharpen your blade more often.
One of the best ways to fertilize your lawn is to grasscycle. Grasscycling is when you leave grass clippings to decompose on your lawn instead of bagging them and throwing them away.
This option provides up to 25% of the fertilizer your grass needs to remain healthy.
Grasscycling also saves you money on more than just fertilizer. With grasscycling, you don't need to buy yard waste bags or pay fees to dispose of the grass clippings.
To avoid getting sprayed with grass clippings while you mow, look for an adapter kit for your mower that plugs the hole where grass clippings normally exit your mower.
Routinely Change Your Mowing Pattern
A mowing pattern is an important aspect of your mowing experience. No matter what type of mower you're using, your mower's wheels leave a track in your yard. If you use the same pattern for each mowing instance, your mower will leave permanent tracks in your lawn.
There are three easy options for mowing patterns:
To ensure you're getting the best results from your mowing, rotate through these options. This will change up the tracks you're leaving in your lawn so that your lawn isn't damaged by your mowing pattern.
Call in a Professional Service
Mowing your lawn can be an exhausting, time-consuming commitment. If you want to relax instead of worrying about all the ways your lawn can be harmed, call in the professionals at Riverside Lawns.