Everyone wants a healthy lawn but not nearly as many people want to put in the work that is needed to maintain one. What’s more, the majority of Americans have wrong perceptions about how to maintain their lawns.
Fortunately, with a little knowledge, a healthy lawn isn’t too far out of reach. Here are eight mowing tips that will help you keep your lawn looking vibrant and lush!
1. Wear ear protection
While you’re investing in a healthier lawn, it’s important that you also preserve your own health and safety.
Many assume that lawnmowers don’t reach decibels high enough to cause hearing damage but that is simply untrue. Repeatedly exposing your ears to the roar of a lawnmower has the potential to chip away at your sense of hearing over time.
Fortunately, there are all sorts of hearing protection options on the market — from simple budget-friendly earmuffs to premium noise-canceling headphones.
Invest in a pair and make sure you wear them whenever you venture outside to mow your lawns!
2. Raise the blade height
One of the biggest mistakes people make when mowing their lawns is setting their mower’s blades too low. This is often referred to as scalping, and it makes the lawns susceptible to weeds and infestation.
Conversely, raising the height of your mower’s blades will keep the grass at a length that not only guards the soil against weeds but also limits the sunlight that allows weeds to grow and thrive.
3. Keep your blades sharp
Just as any dull knife or blade tears objects rather than slicing them, a set of dull mower blades will leave your grass with jagged edges. This causes the grass to die, turning the tips of your grass blades to a shade of brown or white.
Make a habit of sharpening your lawnmower’s blades from time to time. To keep your blades sharp for longer, be sure to clear your lawn of any stones, braches, or objects before mowing.
4. Service your lawnmower regularly
The condition of your mower can have a significant impact on your lawn’s overall health. Before each growing season, arrange for a professional to service your mower or consider servicing it yourself. In most cases, maintenance can be performed in less than two hours!
This will ensure that the life of your mower’s engine is preserved, that its efficiency is maximized, and that the unit’s blades are both sharp and clean.
5. Wait for your grass to dry
Whenever you plan to mow your lawn, make sure you keep an eye on the forecast in advance. You will want to avoid cutting grass while it’s wet.
Wet grass can be difficult to mow and often jams up your lawnmower, particularly when it’s long. As wet grass sticks together and leaves clumps of cut grass spread out across your lawn, you might find that these clumps form dead patches.
If you absolutely must mow your lawn while it’s still wet, be sure to remove any clumps of cut grass afterward.
6. Rake up the clippings
While leaving short grass clippings after mowing can be harmless — in fact, it can often be good for your lawn—leaving longer clippings can prevent areas of your lawn from flourishing.
If your lawnmower is equipped with a grass catcher or bag attachment, you likely won’t need to worry about clippings. Simply dispose of the attachment’s contents after mowing.
If your lawnmower lacks an attachment, however, be sure to rake up any long grass clippings after you’ve finished mowing.
7. Explore different mowing patterns
It’s important to change your mowing pattern each time you cut the grass. While you may be tempted to stick with a routine that saves you time and energy, doing so can have a negative impact on the soil—ultimately leaving you with unhealthy grass.
Rather, it’s wise to alternate between mowing parallel and mowing perpendicular to your property when your lawn needs to be trimmed.
8. Leave it to a professional
While you might intend to give your lawn the attention it requires to grow and thrive, the reality is that you might lack the time and resources to properly maintain it.
If so, consider leaving your lawn care needs to a professional. Not only will your lawn benefit from a specialist’s touch but it will also get the full treatment of fertilizer, mosquito control, and other lawn care products when required.
In 2019, the average household spent $503 on lawn care and gardening services. Consider making room in your budget to let a professional keep your lawn healthy year-round!