Besides proper watering and fertilization, lawn mowing practices can affect the health of your lawn. If you want a green, lush yard that is the envy of your neighbors, how you mow your lawn is important. Consider these tips the next time you start up your lawn mower.
- The blade height on your lawn mower can make or break a healthy grass growing season. Mowing it too short can cause the lawn to burn out and promote an environment in which weeds will thrive. Grass that is cut too tall, however, may not look very nice, either. For best results, grass should be mowed at a height of 3.5” to 4” tall. It should be cut every 7-10 days.
- Keep the lawn mower blade sharp. A dull blade will just rip the grass, which can put them in danger of disease or insect feeding.
- While we all tend to mow our lawn the same way each time, this might not be good for the grass. In fact, changing the pattern of your mowing can help keep it healthy. The wheels of the mower can leave tracks, and if you take the same path each time, you can wear down your lawn. Instead, alternate directions when you mow.
- Wonder if you should bag the lawn clippings or not? For best results, bagging is recommended. It reduces thatch, which is the loose layers of dead and living grass, stems and roots on your lawn. Buildup of this debris means it’s not able to break down fast enough and will cause damage to your lawn. Bagging takes extra time, but the long-term results are worth it.
If you have questions about how to keep your lawn healthy in Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, or Citrus county, Challenger Irrigation is here to help. Please call our office to schedule an appointment today.