It’s time to spend some quality time with your yard. Follow our easy tips and tricks to make your lawn the envy of your neighbors.
Plan Your Attack
Before cranking up your mower, have a game plan for your mowing route. Ideally, you’ll be able to alternate the pattern you decide, in order to encourage the grass to grower straighter and healthier.
We also suggest you start with the edges in order to mulch those clippings back into the lawn while you’re mowing.
Check out these helpful tips on how to create the striped lawn of your dreams.
Watch Your Speed
While mowing the yard might not be your favorite chore, rushing through it can lead to uneven cutting and clumps of poorly mulched clippings. We suggest creating a playlist, slathering on the sunscreen, and thinking of mowing your lawn like taking your lawnmower for a nice, leisurely walk.
Sharpen Your Blades
A sharp blade makes a clean, precise cut – thereby allowing the grass blade to heal quickly. A dull blade, however, chews up and frays grass blades, causing a gray appearance and exposing the blade to possible disease. Blades should be sharpened at least once a year to maintain them. New lawnmowers are often sold with dull blades for safety purposes, so be sure to have those sharpened as well.
Cut Too Short
Mowing height is critically important to your lawn’s health. Use the 1/3 rule – only cut the top third of the leaf blade – each time you mow.
These are basic guidelines for mowing heights. Keep weather conditions (hot, cold, drought) in mind whenever you mow.
Only cut your lawn when it is dry. The blades will be standing upright and lessen the chance of clumping. Leaving clumped grass blocks sunlight from reaching what’s below and also traps moisture. Furthermore, it results in heavily thatched dead spots in your turf that can become the home to a variety of insects (or even rodents if the area is large enough) and can also become a foothold for fungus/disease issues that can spread through the turf.
Do you have any additional tips for making your yard look its best? Share them in the comments!