On a warm spring weekend, you’ll hear the hum of lawn mowers and most people just view it as an annoying task that has to be done so your yard doesn’t look like a hayfield. But did you know there’s actually a right way to mow your lawn? Here’s some tips to ensure you’re doing it right:
1) The Right Mower
The first thing you need to do is choose the right lawn mower for your lawn. If you have a small yard, a reel mower might be ideal. These traditional, human-powered push mowers are great for the environment and can give you a good work-out. The key thing with these is keeping the blades really sharp.
An electric mower is also good for a smaller yard. There are no emissions, but it won’t be as powerful as a gas mower. Plus you need to ensure you have the proper extension cord and enough outlets to reach every corner of your lawn.
A self-propelled gas mower is great if you have a larger yard without a lot of trees or gardens to go around. Self-propelled can be more difficult to turn than a traditional mower but is great if your yard is straight.
2) Leave the Grass Clippings
A lot of lawn mowers come with the bag that you can attach and detach, making for easy clean-up of grass clippings, but did you know that the clippings can actually be good for your lawn? They act as a natural fertilizer and provide added nutrients to the soil as they break down and should only be raked up if the grass is really wet or really long because it could turn into thatch if left. Otherwise, a mulching mower does a great job of breaking the grass blades down enough for fast decomposition.
3) Different Direction Each Time
In order for your grass to stay straight and strong and healthy, it’s best to mow your lawn in a different direction each time, and distributes the grass clippings more evenly. Avoid cutting your lawn in a circle, because it will look silly, but go vertically, horizontally and even on an angle for the best effect.
4) Leave the Grass Long
Yes, this may sound like you’re defeating the purpose of cutting the grass, but leaving the grass longer than you may typically cut it makes the lawn healthier and less susceptible to weeds and disease. The thicker the grass, the less room there is for weeds to grow, and it also shades the soil better, helping with moisture retention even on the hottest of days.
Your lawn should always be about 3” in length, never cutting off more than 1/3 of the grass blade in one mowing. That being said, it also means you’ll need to cut it more often. This is where hiring a professional company can be handy. If you don’t want to spend every weekend cutting your lawn, a lawn care company will not only keep your lawn trimmed to perfection, but they’ll help with all the other elements of a good lawn care regimen.
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