Lawn moving seems like an easy activity. But do you know that every time you cut your grass, you are gradually determining your lawn’s fate. It will be either success or failure. If you mow correctly, you will have a beautiful garden not only for one season but it will pave way for beautiful grass for a long time to come.
Do this incorrectly however, and your grass will struggle to survive. You will have to start all over again.
Here are seven easy tips for moving a healthy lawn.
Avoid scalping your lawn
If you cut your grass too short, almost to the ground, it is called scalping grass. It is something you should avoid. A scalped lawn is very susceptible to diseases and weed infestation. Scalped surface is weak and the soil is exposed with thin layer of grass on it. If you cut your grass too short, it develops a weak root system. If the grass has weak roots, it can sustain a lot of damage from drought or high temperatures.
Use sharp mower blades
Always keep the mower blades sharp and up to date. A good sharp blade cuts the grass cleanly and evenly. A dull edge on the other hand makes it doesn’t cut it cleanly with uneven edges. The tears caused by dull blades provide an opening for infestations and viruses to go into the grass.
Make sure that you sharpen your blade at least a few times in the mowing seasons.
Adjust mower height properly
It is vital that you keep adjusting mower height with respect to the growing season. For example, make the cutting deck higher in summer so that the grass grows longer. In summer when there is extra heat, the taller grass help shade the soil.
Taller grass also develop deep and solid roots. These strong roots help the garden withstand harsh climates and droughts better.
Mowing in shade
If your lawn is shady, you should mow from a greater height. Longer grass blades have a greater surface area. The bigger grass will conduct photosynthesis better. In a situation where the light is low, this can greatly help the lawn grass keep itself healthy.
Mow when grass is dry
Make it a practice to mow lawn when the grass is driest. Mowing a wet lawn or a moist lawn doesn’t exactly harm the grass. However, it doesn’t cut the grass evenly and yield best results. Wet grass fills and clogs a mower deck. It cuts the grass unevenly and can damage the grass with gaping wounds instead of cutting it cleanly.
Create an edging and mow it
It is a good practice to create a flat edging alongside your lawn. When you are mowing your lawn, mow these edges as well, by just running a wheel of mower over them. This will eliminate the need to trim these edges.
You can create edging using materials, bricks, gravel, concrete pavers or tightly packed crushed limestone.
When you let the trimmed grass lie on the lawn, it is called grass cycling. It has many benefits. Not only do you saves time, but it saves money as well (on waste bags and disposal). But the biggest benefit is that this grass is one of the best fertilizers for your lawn.
Sometimes when there is grass cycling lying on the grass floor, it can come back to you when you are mowing. You can eliminate this inconvenience by using a special kit that is available in the market. Make sure you spread the grass cycling evenly throughout the grass.