Mowing the lawn may not be the most exciting activity for a Saturday afternoon, but it is a fundamental and important part of yard maintenance. Since it must be done, you may as well do it right. Properly mowing your lawn can be a great way to set a foundation for a green, healthy lawn. And although it may seem simple to some people, there are several things that the average homeowner may not know about how to make the most out of their mowing. Hopefully these answers about how and when to properly mow your yard will help keep your grass in tip-top shape all year long.
What makes mowing the lawn so important?
The purpose of mowing the lawn far exceeds the aesthetic benefits it provides. Sure, mowing keeps the height of your grass under control, but (when done properly) it does so much more. Lawn mowing helps promote healthier, more lush grass. Much like the way you prune a shrub, mowing your grass is essential for making the yard more compact and causing healthy new growth to occur.
When are the best (and worst) times to mow my lawn?
It’s important that your lawn be dry at the time it is mowed. Mowing wet grass can clog up your mower and leave mower tracks all over your yard. We believe the best time to mow is the mid-morning, between 8am and 10am. This will give enough time for grass to dry out a bit from the early morning dew and irrigation, while also avoiding the peak midday heat. In addition to the early morning (before 8am), the early evening is the worst time to mow because lawns need time to recover from mowing before night falls to avoid potential disease. The summer season require more frequent mowing than the cooler, winter months.
What do I need to do to maintain my lawn mower?
Taking good care of your lawn mower is important, not just for the mower itself, but also for the health of your grass. Obviously not all mowers are the same, but there are a few basic tips that should help maintain any kind of mower. First, make sure to sharpen your mower blades every month (or every two months tops). Dull blades will rip grass blades instead of cutting them cleanly, leaving your grass vulnerable to harmful fungi and disease. We also recommend regularly changing your mower’s air filter and making sure that all nuts and bolts are secure every spring, tightening them where necessary.
Mowing the lawn can be arduous and time-consuming, but the results often speak for themselves. If you’re not sure about the best approach to mowing your yard or if you would rather leave your lawn maintenance to the experts, you can always call on the lawn care professionals at Turf Shield. We will work hard to tailor a lawn care plan that will help keep your yard looking its green and healthy best. For more information, please contact Turf Shield today and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for even more lawn care tips and news.