Most people think they can just head outside with their mower and cut their lawn by going back and forth.
No. That’s not right.
Sure, it may be what your dad taught you. And well, we all know father knows best.
Unfortunately, not all fathers were in the lawn business.
Before you cut your lawn again, be sure to read these tips on how you can do it better.
Don’t Cut It Too Short
People make the mistake of cutting their lawn too short. It’s probably because they believe that the shorter the grass is, the more time between having to do it again. That’s a misperception. Grass grows faster when it’s shorter because it needs to work hard to rebuild itself.
Sure, that may be true, but you’re also risking your lawn’s health.
When lawns get scalped, they need more moisture and nutrition to repair themselves. Lawns could die if they don’t get enough water and chlorophyll.
The risk of a dry, browning lawn isn’t all. Weeds love it when the grass is out their way. This means you’ll have to fight harder to keep them away.
What’s the best height for grass? About 2.5 to 3 inches high.
Mowing the lawn can be a chore, but it’s important to do it regularly to keep it healthy.
It’s best to mow the lawn when you cut about 1/3rd of it. This means it will be about 4 inches tall. As much as you want to wait until it’s 5 inches, don’t do it even in the spring when the grass will grow faster.
Yes, this does mean you may have to cut it twice a week or every four or five days.
Huge chunks of clippings aren’t good for your lawn, but small ones are wonderful for it.
Clippings have nitrogen, minerals and trace nutrients your lawn needs. If you leave them on the grass, it will help the existing grass grower stronger. Just make sure you mow your lawn as recommended above. Too much is a bad thing.
Some people warn against leaving the clippings on the lawn saying that it could cause thatch. This is not true.
Be Sure to Sharpen Blades
Mower blades need to be sharpened. If not, it will rip the grass out rather than cut it. If the grass rips, it can lead to disease or it will turn brown. The rips have bigger openings as well, so that can cause moisture loss leading to dryness.
How often should you sharpen your mower blades? It depends on your mower, but usually after 25 hours of mowing. For more people, this is two or three times every year.
When You Go on Vacation
Don’t worry if the grass grows more than the recommended length when you go on vacation. When you get back, cut it to the 3 inches and bag the clippings since they will be too long to leave on the lawn. You can the go back to the regular schedule.
A Better Lawn Starts with Better Mowing
Now you know the correct way to mow your lawn. By the end of the season, you’ll love the way it looks and feels, and you’ll never go back to your old ways. If you have kids, you’ll be able to teach your kids how to mow correctly. You will then be able to say, “Father knows best.” Well, at least when it comes to lawns.