Having a healthy lawn requires a lot to be done. It requires a lot of attention, dedications and pure hard work. Does this mean it cannot be done? Let no one lie to you that you must employ the services of landscapers to achieve a healthy lawn. Proper lawn care starts with mowing. If you mow it the right way, you will have a healthy tuft.
You know a healthy tuft is resistant to drought and feature enough thickness discourage the growth of weeds. But how do you achieve a healthy tuft with a simple mow? There are a few techniques used by professional landscapers to achieve professional results. You can use the same techniques if you get to learn them.
In this post, we aim to provide you with 7 mowing tips for a healthy lawn. The tips are simple and straightforward. You do not have to be an expert to master them.
- Use the Golden Mowing Rule (The Rule of One-Third)
You cannot mow the old way if you want to have a healthy lawn. Experts came up with a rule that limits you from removing more than one-third of the total grass blade every time you mow. For instance, if your lawn is composed of bluegrass which is known to do best with a 5-cm (2-inch) cut, then let it grow to a height of 7.5 cm (3 inches). You can then cut it by 2.5 cm (1 inch). This will return the bluegrass back to it optimal height.
The example we have given only applies to bluegrass lawn. You need to research to find out the optimal height for the grass in your lawn. Only then can you calculate the appropriate cut height based on the one-third rule.
- Determine the Mow Right Mow Time
A healthy lawn should look great at all times. So, it should not be seen to be bushy. It is therefore important that you determine the right time to mow your lawn. The rule of the thumb is that you determine the appropriate mowing time by height and not by the calendar.
Begin by researching the optimum mowing height for your type of grass. Wait for your lawn to green up in the spring and then allow it to gain height by one-third of its optimal height. Cut it back to not more than one-third. This will return the lawn to its optimal height. Afterward, continue mowing at that height until fall. As the grass begins to slow growth reduce your mowing frequency as appropriate. This will prevent the grass from becoming dormant.
- Desist From Cutting Wet Grass
Grass tends to grow faster during the wet season. Thus, you may find it necessary to cut it during this time. For a healthy lawn, you must avoid any temptations to mow when the grass is wet. Wet grass has the reputation of being uneven. It will clog the deck of your mower and clump together. This will lead to uneven cut.
It is always best to cut during dry conditions. If you really have to cut when the grass is wet, you can use a silicon spray beneath your mower. This will discourage grass from sticking and thus clump. Look at the weather forecast to pick a dry day to mow your lawn.
- Avoid Scalping Your Lawn
We had already mentioned the optimal cutting height. Mowing your lawn too short is a recipe for disaster. Scalp your lawn and pass a death sentence to it. Scalping will predispose your lawn to weed infestation and diseases.
A lawn that is cut too small will leave patches exposed to the environmental elements. This will form a nidus for weeds to settle. Weeds are very good in making use of soil nutrients. So they will grow very fast. Scalping will also interfere with the root system of your lawn. This makes it vulnerable to drought or extreme temperatures.
- It Is Good To Till In the Evening
If you must mow to achieve a healthy lawn, wait until evening to do it. Do not expose your grass to the height of hot summer day. Mowing in the middle of the day will be stressful to your grass. This is because such action exposes grass to moisture loss due to extreme heat.
The best time to mow is evening when it is cool and moisture loss is at its minimum. However, if your schedule is tight in the evening then you can do it early in the morning. Your grass will not lose too much water. Therefore, they will bounce back faster giving your lawn a healthy and beautiful look.
- Try Not To Remove Grass Clippings
Sometimes it is necessary to bag grass clippings. This is the case if you have pets and kids who will enjoy running and playing on the newly mowed grass. However, leaving grass clippings on the lawn can make it healthier. Lawn experts refer to this process as grasscycling. It will save you money and time. This is because grass clippings make up as much as 25% of your lawn fertilizer needs.
- It’s Great To Vary Your Mowing Pattern
It is not a good thing to mow your lawn in the same direction each time. Vary it a little bit. Mowing in one particular direction each time can compact the soil to form ruts. Besides, the grass will tend to grow and lean in the same direction it has been mowed. Varying the mowing pattern will encourage your grass to grow upright. It will also limit the chances of your soil developing unsightly ruts.
Paying attention to your lawn is the surest way to ensure it grows beautiful and healthy. If you haven’t done that, it a great time to begin. Warm weather encourages your grass to start growing actively. Start planning how you are going to mow it properly. If you employ the tips we have just discussed, nothing will stop you from having an admirable lawn.