Well, it’s that time of year again; time to commit to a summer of lawn mowing. Once the days become longer and the sun shines brighter your grass is going to take off. And many of us who work full time and have to come home to mow may begin to resent the lawn we have. But it is very important that homeowners in Topeka learn how to properly mow their lawn so that it remains healthy and lush, rather than discolored and shaggy. Sure it’s easy to learn how to push or ride on a mower but there are actually some techniques that anyone mowing the lawn should know before they make any passes on the grass.
The height of the grass really does matter
In theory if you mow your grass as short as possible you will not have to mow as often. But mowing your grass too short is not a good idea at all. There is a rule of thumb that your grass should never be mowed less than one-third of the grass blade’s height. For many this means keeping the grass about 2 to 3 inches tall. The reason for keeping the grass more tall is to make sure that the grass continues to get proper nutrients to thrive and also to avoid the growth and spread of weeds. By hacking away at the grass you are going to provide weeds with all the sunlight they need to take over.
Mowing frequently is not to make your life harder
In the heat of the summer you are probably going to have to mow your lawn each week to maintain its health. And it is not to make your life more difficult. The reason for mowing more frequently is so that you can maintain that perfect height of grass to keep it lush. Again, you want to use the one-third rule in order to have maximum root growth and less weeds.
Don’t forget about safety
Whether you are pushing a mower or riding on one it is important that you read all of the safety instructions before attempting to operate the machine. The actual mowing as well as the cleaning and maintenance of your mower requires you to be extra cautious. Mowers are powerful tools and you are trying to cut just the grass, not yourself!
By following these lawn mowing tips you should be able to maintain the healthiest looking lawn in your neighborhood. But if it is all sounding like too much work and you just don’t have or want to spend the time this year then Schendel Lawn & Landscape can help! Our experienced lawn team can take the stress of mowing off your shoulders and keep your lawn looking great all season long. Simply contact us today to learn more about our landscape maintenance services.
Originally Published: 06/18/2012