If you have a large lawn added to the landscape, you know why you are here. Though it might look pretty easy for others, only the owner knows the trouble and pain that goes into maintaining a luscious lawn meeting all ‘the’ perfect parameters!
Mowing is as simple as trimming off the extra grass. But that is where you have to take added precautions so that your lawn thrives back rather than dying. Incorrect mowing also paves the way for weeds to thrive, soil erosion, and drought at high temperatures. Hence the key is to mow it correctly to avoid the above and have a luscious green lawn. What is this correct method? We have decoded them for you to save the trouble:
- The Lawn
- It is better to let the grass grow long during the summers to get a firm footing on the ground. Then, later once the snowing season starts, cut the grass closer to the ground to avoid mold growth on the grass blades.
- The grass should be dry when you begin mowing. This makes sure the mower is not clogged with grass clippings. In addition, dry grass will yield better results in mowing.
- Mowing the lawn while the sun is at its peak makes the grass dry quickly, killing it. Instead, wait till shade falls over the grass so that stress received by the plant is more minor.
- Check the grass type you have. Each grass responds differently to the cut. Some experience greater stress, while others can bear more. Hence, if you want to trim your grasses too low, make sure they handle the stress.
- The Machine:
- Make sure the blades are sharp enough to slice through the leaves. The cut should be sleek without tearing the grass blade. This will prevent an infestation at the site of tear and also will save the grass from drying.
- The height of the mowers should be adjusted to maintain the desired length of the grass. If you are letting the grass grow long, adjust the height accordingly to avoid over-cutting.
- The machine itself is essential in mowing. If you haven’t brought one yet, consider a battery-operated one rather than the electrical one. The self-propelled mowers make the mowing too easy! If you have too large an area to cover, riding mowers can help you mow easily. Even with the push mowing machine at hand, you can improve the working by adding spaces on the machine itself to hold the tools you need.
How To Do It
While cutting down the grass, keep in mind to do it regularly to avoid them becoming too long to manage. When the leaves outgrow, the mowing becomes inefficient as sometimes the leaves are not sliced cleanly. If you have a neglected garden with grasses too long, consider trimming them first. Then after cutting, make sure to take them aside.
Set the deck of the mower to the desired length of the grass and start mowing. The clumps of clippings formed as a result should be removed to prevent them from coming in the way of the mower. While mowing, avoid going about, in the same way, each time to avoid a rut. If you are moving along the slope, take care of slips that can make the cuts uneven.
After cutting the grass, leave the clippings on the lawn itself, turning them into fertilizers for the soil. This saves you from the trouble of going around and collecting them in the bag. At the same time, the grass cuttings decompose and return nutrients to the soil.
Mow the lawn only when required. Let the grass grow freely till it reaches the restraining stage. Otherwise, you might end up scalping the lawn and exposing the open ground.
While mowing, keep an eye for the invaders. Though the thick growth of the grass covers the ground, leaving little to no space for the weeds, the weeds are invasive. If you note them, immediately uproot them to prevent spreading. If they have grown on too large a space, consider using home remedies or weedicides to get rid of them.
Things To Avoid
- Don’t cut close to the surface during the mowing. Cutting the grass too much may bring a harvest of weeds and diseases. Hence, while mowing, make a rough estimate of not more than one-third to maintain the desired length.
- Don’t let the grass bedding erode off. Once the soil is exposed, it is easier for weeds to establish growth.
- If you are planning to mow a new lawn, make sure you wait till you feel the grasses have set their roots.
- Set aside enough time for mowing. If you rush things, you are sure to mess them up.
- Have correct tools for mowing. If you use the push mower for a large area, you will need a little more grit and patience to work along the way. Hence, make sure to get a suitable investment.
- While mowing, keep in mind the wind. You don’t want the wind to blow the clippings onto walkways and multiply your work!
- While raking, don’t make a heap of the residues. Yeah, they look very satisfying, but one gust of wind is enough to let that satisfaction turn into regret. So instead, after leaving clippings for mulching, rake the excess ones into files and use them for composting or collect them in bags to discard.
- Don’t leave long leaves for mulching. Larger the more significant the object, the longer it takes to decompose. Hence, either clips them in small sizes while trimming or rake them away.
Following correct tips will help you save time and money while you get to enjoy a luscious lawn. The key to getting great results is to know how to attain them. Following these simple steps ensures that your grasses will thrive without facing the risk of dying and wilting.