5 Best Tips for Late Summer Lawn Mowing
Taking good care of your yard involves keeping your grass well-trimmed and maintained. In fact, in some communities failure to keep your lawn mowed can result in healthy fines. But there is actually far more to mowing your lawn than just keeping it looking neat and tidy. How you mow your lawn can actually have a direct effect on the health of your lawn. Here are 5 great lawn mowing tips that will help you have a thick, lush green carpet of grass all summer long.
- Don’t cut it too short
While it can be tempting to want to cut grass as short as possible (sometimes called scalping) thinking this will lead to not having to mow it as often, you might want to rethink this strategy. Not only does this make your lawn more vulnerable to diseases, but it also offers a prime invitation for weeds to move in and take residence. Scalping your lawn exposes the soil and exposed soil allows weed seeds to burrow in and take root. In addition, a sparse lawn also allows critical sunlight to reach the weed seedlings to give them a turbo charged boost. If you don’t want a large patch of weeds in your front yard, then resist the urge to cut your grass to short. Last but not least, cutting your grass too short keeps strong root systems from developing. During the heat of the day or when you forget to water, roots can reach deep into the soil to wick up moisture. The closer to the surface roots are, the less access they have to critical moisture.
- Mow your lawn when its dry
While mowing your lawn when it is wet doesn’t do any damage to the lawn, wet grass can fill up and clog a mower deck. As you mow, wet grass can also tend to fall over and clump, which leads to an uneven cut. In addition, any wet clumps that fall off the mower need to be removed or they essentially create a mulch covering that can keep the lawn under it from getting much needed sunlight. While mowing wet gras is fine, make sure that the soil underneath it is not soggy, however, or you risk creating permanent ruts in your lawn with the lawnmower.
- Mow when it is cloudy or cooler
Remember that grass is actually a plant and cutting it places stress on the plant. When you cut grass in the heat of the day, it loses more water, which causes it to recover much more slowly than if you cut it when it is cloudy, cool or in shade. The cooler it is when you cut your grass, the less water it loses and the more quickly it rebounds.
- Change up your mowing pattern
While some lawns are easiest to mow in the same pattern or direction each time, this isn’t actually best for your lawn. When you mow in the same pattern or direction each time, you risk creating ruts in your lawn. In addition, mowing in the same direction each time compacts the soil. Not only do weeds thrive in compacted soil, but compacted soil also further encourages the formation of ruts.
Leaving your clippings behind when you mow is not only better for your grass, it also saves you time and money. Grass clippings can actually provide up to 25% of your fertilizer needs, so you save on that as well as on bags and collection fees. There’s no need to buy a special mower either. You can buy a mulching blade which cuts the blades of grass finer, allowing them to decompose more quickly.
Summer lawn care is an important part of keeping your home neat, tidy and well maintained. Not only can taking good care of your lawn help keep your property values high, it can help maintain good relations with the neighbors as well.
Author Bio : Sarah works for YourGreenpal and she loves gardening and Lawn care.