Basic Mowing Techniques

LawnBunnyA 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.

Mowing Patterns:

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!



Lawn Care Tips

LawnFlowerWe all want to have a perfect green lawn. Unfortunately, this can take a lot of effort, and if you don’t know what you are doing, it can be quite difficult. There is a lot that goes into maintaining a great lawn, but with a little patience it can be achieved. If your lawn could use some work, and you don’t know how to get started, we are here to help. Below are some useful tips to help get you going on having a great looking lawn.

1. Use Fertilizer – Applying fertilizer will help your lawn grow strong and fast. You need to apply the fertilizer at the correct time however, and this differs for everyone. When you should apply fertilizer will depend on where you live, what time of year it is, and how much sunlight your lawn is getting. If you are unsure about applying fertilizer, consult with an expert in your area before laying any down. They will be able to tell you the best time to lay down fertilizer in order to get the best results.

2. Use Proper Mowing Techniques - There is a lot more to mowing your lawn than simply turning on the mower and running it over the grass. Some things you should consider are how much of the grass you are cutting, how sharp the motor blades are, and the direction you are mowing the lawn in. This may seem like a lot of effort for something so simple, but if you want the best lawn possible, you will have to think about these things. One tip we can share is to not cut off more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Cutting more than this will stress out the grass and make it harder for it to grow.

3. Proper Watering – Again, there is more to watering your lawn than just turning on a sprinkler. While making sure the lawn gets water is good, if you are not giving it the proper amount of water, it won’t be as great as it could be. Look into the best times to water a lawn, and figure out how much water your lawn should be getting. Each lawn is different, and it will depend on the amount of shade, and the type of grass you have growing.

4. Test Your Irrigation System – If you have an irrigation system running, it doesn’t hurt to check it every once in a while. Make sure that it is running properly, and that it is delivering the correct amount of water in all areas. You shouldn’t need to check these things too often, but every once in a while is a good idea.

Hopefully these few tips were able to give you a head start on having a great lawn. As we are sure you can tell, there is a lot to think about when taking care of your lawn. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed though. Just take it step by step, and make sure you keep on top of everything. If you can do that, you should have no problem growing a great looking lawn.