The lawn is usually the biggest feature you find yourself caring for in the suburban garden, and as such it can be one of the most time-consuming and thankless tasks the gardener faces. It doesn’t need to be like that, though. The sad fact is that most of us go about watering and mowing the lawn incorrectly, wasting precious time and resources for only frustrating results. Let us help you streamline the process and fast-track you lawn success with these easy tips.
Check Your Mower
The lawnmower you’re running is probably a rotary mower- the rotary mower has been a firm garden favorite for many years. Most of us don’t service and care for our mowers like we should. Something as simple as a fractionally dull blade will add frustration to the process and radically reduce the results you see. A sharp blade will leave a clean cut, where a dull one will jaggedly tear at your grass for disastrous results. Any mower should be regularly serviced, by you if you feel up to it or a local center, at least once a year.
Set your blade height with the mower on a driveway or other level surface- and be sure to check it manually, in case. Your mower settings may be labelled numerically rather than giving a specific height designation so don’t just presume those numbers mean inches.
Keep it High
This cutting height of your mower is critical. You don’t want to be cutting shorter than two to three inches for almost any grass. The better shape and size of the leaf blade on your lawn grass, the more water your lawn will retain and the greener your grass will grow. It will also cut down on weeds. Cutting high will leave you a better, prettier lawn that needs less maintenance- all for the sake of a slightly tighter cutting schedule.
Don’t make that schedule too tight, though. Most grass will tolerate weekly mowing and some may need a 4 or 5 day mow cycle, but if your grass doesn’t look like it’s grown, it doesn’t need to be mowed. Over mowing will damage it. Try to avoid mowing after heavy wet periods too, as you’ll be less likely to scythe through the grass and more likely to tear it up instead.
If you tend to mow in one direction all the time (vertical or horizontal) switch it up after a while to give your grass a more natural growth pattern. If you find yourself forced to tackle a rise in the landscape, mow across it for your own safety! For the best of looks, you’ll need to use an edger as well as a mower.
Baseball fields achieve that awesome striped look by using a roller on their mowing equipment, as it’s the bending of the remaining grass blades that create the effect. Most garden centers will sell roller attachments, or you can DIY your own, if you particularly crave the Wrigley field look!
Here are some additional tips from Harold at Spring Green Lawn Care.