Mowing your lawn may seem like one of the most mundane and mindless chores you have to perform as a homeowner. When the grass starts getting too high, you drag out the lawn mower, power it up, and chop away at your unkempt lawn, probably thinking that is all that needs to be done. However, in performing this task so mindlessly, you may not be aware that you could actually be doing a lot of harm to your lawn. Turns out there are a lot of things to know, including what time of the day is best for mowing, what the settings on your mower should be, and how frequently your grass should be cut. Read this two-part blog to learn how to mow for success! First and foremost, we need to make sure your lawn mower is functioning properly and has the correct settings. It is important to maintain your mower so it is in perfect working order. If you are not sure how to go about this, check online to see if you can find lawn mower maintenance/repair businesses. Not only is maintaining your lawn mower good for the machine itself, but it is also beneficial to your lawn, especially when considering the sharpness of the mower blades. If you think about when you have tried to cut something with a dull pair of scissors, you probably remember that the cut was not very precise. It may have even been more difficult to cut through the material. If you continued to use the dull scissors, you were probably left with an uneven piece that may have even been ruined because of the bad shape of the scissors. The same idea applies to grass. When you mow your lawn, you want to make sure the blades are able to make a sharp, precise cut. Having dull blades will actually tug the blade, creating trauma to the plant. Once you are sure your mower is ready for takeoff, check the settings. Many people will be tempted to set the mower so it cuts the grass very low. This is a bad idea. The false belief is that by cutting the grass short, you will extend the amount of time between mows. Taking the grass blade down to almost nothing in all actuality will cause the grass to grow faster because the grass has to work harder and faster to bring sustenance to the roots by turning sunlight into sugar (also known as photosynthesis). The other downside of causing the grass to work harder is that it will weaken the grass. So instead of having a strong, durable, healthy lawn, you will be creating a weak, brittle, and discolored plant. By making sure your lawn mower is set to “high,” you will be able to attain a beautifully fresh-cut lawn that won’t require an immediate mowing due to rapid growth. Mowing should take place once a week, ideally; however lawn care experts recommend bi-weekly mows if your lawn has an abundance of weeds. These are the first steps to ensuring your mowing experience is a success. Check back to read more about the best time of day to mow, as well as what to do with the clippings.
February 29, 2016