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Mowing Your Lawn Professionally
Everyone wants to have a healthy, thriving lawn. To achieve this goal, you’ll need to make sure that you are mowing it at the right frequency. If you don’t mow it frequently enough, it will look overgrown and messy. Too often and the grass blades will be stressed, leading to stunted growth and allowing disease to take over.
But what’s the sweet spot for your lawn? Here’s a quick rundown on how often you should be mowing your lawn.
Type of Grass
The type of grass you have will determine how frequently you will need to mow the lawn. Generally, grasses can be broken down into a few varieties, each with different requirements.
First, you might have warm-season grasses. These are most commonly seen in some of the southern states, where the summers tend to get quite hot. Generally, these grasses will grow rapidly, so you’ll need to mow more frequently during the summer. Often, you’ll need to keep them around two inches long.
Cool season grass
Alternatively, you might have cool-season grass. This is most common in places that tend to have fairly mild summers and colder winters. Unlike warm grasses, they will be more subdued when faced with the summer heat. But in the fall and spring, they will grow rapidly. During these months, though, it’s best to keep the grass a little longer than normal. This will stop weeds from taking over your lawn. Generally, it’s recommended that you keep the lawn around two inches long. Though in fall and spring, you should aim for three inches.
If you know which species of grass you have, this article will tell you how long your grass should be.
If you want to learn how to choose the right grass seed for your lawn, click here.
Finding the Right Mowing Frequency
There are a few things that will determine how aggressively your grass will grow.
- Amount of rain.
- Species you have.
Generally, during the growing season, you will need to mow your lawn once every two to three weeks. As grass growth starts to slow during the winter months, you should be able to mow once every four to five weeks.
How Much to Take Off Each Time?
If you have an overgrown lawn, you might need to mow it a few times. This is because you shouldn’t cut more than a third of the blade off at a time. If you cut off too much, you can stress the grass. This might result in stunted growth, or it could make the grass more susceptible to disease.
It’s also recommended that you leave a minimum of two to three days between each mow. This gives the blades some time to recover.
When Should You Mow the Lawn?
It’s usually best to mow your lawn in the morning. During the summer, you can start mowing at eight o’clock. By this time, the overnight dew would have evaporated. As the weather cools, you might need to wait a little longer. You might have to wait until 8:30 or nine o’clock for the dew to evaporate.
If you try to mow your lawn while the grass is wet, you’ll encounter a few problems. First, the mower blade will struggle to cut through the grass, so it will take longer to mow. Plus, the mower will shred the grass blades rather than make a clean cut. This can lead to stunted growth. This is the reason it’s important to keep your mower blades sharp. This video tells you how you sharpen a dull blade.
Here is a guide you on how to sharpen a lawn mower blade with a file
What to do With the Grass Clippings?
There are two approaches you can take:
Leave the clippings
Some people opt to leave the clippings on their lawns. This allows the grass to naturally decompose, releasing nutrients back into the soil. However, this approach can cause some problems. First, large amounts of grass clippings can make your yard look untidy. Plus, too many grass clippings can stop sunlight and water from getting to the grass. This can cause a dead zone on your lawn.
Here is an article on when is the best time to water your lawn.
Collect the grass clippings
The second approach is to collect the grass clippings. You could use a mower with a bag function. Though, if you have a large yard, the bag will get filled quickly, so you’ll have to keep stopping to empty it. Because of this, you might want to choose a yard sweeper. It will suck up grass clippings and other debris, like leaves and sticks, to keep your lawn looking neat throughout the year. There are plenty of options available. This list of lawn sweepers will talk you through some of the most popular models so you can find the right one for you.
Mowing Your Lawn Conclusion
How often you need to mow will depend on the type of grass you have and how fast it is growing. Generally, though, you should aim to mow once every two weeks during the growing season and once every five weeks during the winter months. If you do this, your yard will look beautiful throughout the year.
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