A lot of us think that mowing a lawn is a chore, but at least it’s a simple one. All you have to do is turn on the mower, then walk around your lawn for a little while. This may not seem overly complicated, but there is actually more to mowing a lawn than this if you want to have a healthy, great looking lawn. Things like how much to cut, when to cut, and how to cut it all must be considered in order to have the best looking lawn. If you are interested in have the best lawn possible, you need to have good mowing techniques. Below are some of the basics to help get you started.
How Much To Mow:
How much you should mow your lawn depends upon the time of year. Obviously you probably won’t need to mow your lawn as much in the Winter as you would the Summer. Below is a rough guide for how much you should be cutting off of your lawn.
Winter: A little over an inch
Spring: An inch, once per week.
Fall: Half an inch, once or twice per week
Summer: Less than an inch, once a week
This schedule will not work for everyone, but it is a good place to start if you are unsure how much you should be cutting.
One simple tip to remember is that it is better to cut off a little bit of grass often, versus a large amount of grass sparingly. When you are mowing, start with the outside edges, then work your way inwards. You should also try to alternate the way you cut your lawn each time in order to get healthier grass. If you go left to right one week, try going right to left the following week. Another thing to try is cutting the lawn diagonally. This will give your lawn a unique cut, and will keep the lawn healthier.
Types of Cut:
There are basically two types of lawn motors: Cylindrical and Rotary. It doesn’t matter which type you use, as long as you make sure the blades are always sharp. Rotary lawns are typically quicker and easier to use. Cylinder lawn mowers give a finer cut, and are normally used on things like formal lawns. Decide which is best for you and stick with it.
Lastly, be sure you are getting rid of your clippings properly. There is going to be a lot of them, and you don’t want to leave them sitting on the lawn. Deposit them in a compost heap, or at a local recycling center.
Hopefully these few tips will lead you to a better looking lawn. There is a lot that goes into it, and it’s more than we could cover here. If you are itnerested in learning more about proper mowing techniques, there are plenty of resources online that can help you out. Good luck with your lawn, and feel free to browse our website for more helpful information on lawn care!