Lawn Mowing Tips For A Healthy Lawn
While certainly a necessary activity – and one that is greatly appreciated by your neighbors – the act of cutting your lawn can be a stressful event for each individual grass plant. In a sense, mowing your lawn is removing the growth that the lawn has experienced since the last mowing. It involves cutting the blade of grass at a certain level, waiting for it to grow again, and then cutting off the excessive growth – again and again and again!
The aggregate effect of all these growth-cut-growth-cut activities is that your lawn undergoes stress. And depending on the conditions at the time of mowing, it can have a negative effect on the health of your lawn.
With that in mind, ExperiGreen Lawn Care offers these lawn mowing tips for a healthy lawn:
Mow When the Grass is Dry
Mowing a dew-covered or wet lawn can create wear patterns on the lawn that damages part of the turf. Also, when the blades are dry, they stand more upright, resulting in a cleaner cut.
Avoid Mowing in the Direct Sun
Mowing earlier or later in the day when the sun is not ‘beating down’ on the turf is less stressful than mowing in the midday sun.
Mow Higher in Hot and/or Dry Weather
During hot or dry conditions, your lawn is already under stress from environmental conditions. Mowing it during this time just adds another level of stress to the grass plants. Raising the blade reduces the shock to the grass plants of getting cut – while also leaving more blade to deflect the hot sun.
Never Mow with a Dull Blade
This is one of the most common ways that damage can be done to an entire lawn. Typically, blades should be sharpened at least twice during the season – more often if your lawn is larger or if you mow often. Turn your mower over and examine the blade – if it feels dull to your finger, it needs to be sharpened.
Mow in Alternate Directions
Alternate the direction you mow the lawn each week. Some even mow in three different directions – vertically, horizontally and diagonally to spread out the mowing pattern. By doing so, you avoid forming ruts in your lawn – which can cause stress to the grass plants in or near the ruts.
Mow Grass Higher in Shaded Areas
Typically, grass in shaded areas have to compete with tree roots for nutrients and water. Mowing higher in shaded area allows the grass plants to retain water better.
Proper lawn mowing complements your customized lawn care program from ExperiGreen Lawn Care.In addition to properly mowing your lawn, providing adequate nutrients and water to your lawn is critically important to achieving a healthy lawn. ExperiGreen Lawn Care provides a full spectrum of lawn care programs that help your lawn regain or maintain its healthy, vibrant appearance. These programs include:
Lawn Fertilization – A regularly scheduled plan of providing lawn feedings, with different nutrient contents depending on season and location, produces the best results.
Weed Control – A weed is a ‘plant out of place’ – and they seem to love lawns, especially unhealthy lawns. When combined with lawn fertilization, a regularly scheduled plan of administering environmentally-friendly weed control measures to your lawn helps the grass in your lawn establish and maintain control – thus driving out the weeds.
Lawn Aeration – Imagine trying to take a breath if you were crammed into a compact car with 10 other people – exactly! A lawn needs room to breathe – overly compacted soil will suffocate your lawn, even overcoming the positive effects of lawn fertilization and weed control measures.
Grub Control – In addition to being a delicacy for skunks and raccoons who will dig up your lawn to get to these tasty morsels, grubs will point-blank kill your lawn. These little buggers have a voracious appetite, and one of their favorite nutrition sources is your lawn’s roots!
Call or contact ExperiGreen Lawn Care today, and let’s talk about your lawn!
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