3 steps to cutting grass that ensure a beautiful lawn
Cutting the grass properly makes the difference
Many homeowners just like you and me are concerned with curb appeal. After all everyone knows, a beautifully landscaped lawn adorned with lush green grass increases our properties value.
This has us all asking ourselves, which is best. Mowing the yard ourselves, or hire a professional lawn care company?
For most homeowners, and renters alike, controlling our lawn care costs these days, means getting the biggest bang for our lawn & garden buck.
Even if that means rolling up our sleeves, take care of our own lawn.
As you continue reading this article, you will discover it really is easy to cut your grass properly, ensure a beautiful healthy lawn, and save money. Best of all, still have time for the ballgame, a round, or two of golf all the while feeling good about your homes curb appeal the envy of the neighborhood.
1, How to mow properly
There really is a right and wrong way to mow your lawn. First things first, absolutely do not cut your grass too short. The long accepted rule of thumb on how tall our grass should be after mowing is around two and one half inches for cool-season grasses.
Making sure, we only remove the top third of the grass blade when we cut it. Which is to say, the best time to cut our grass, is when it is a bit over three and one half inches, but not quite 4 inches tall.
Ok some of us are wondering why we need to cut our grass at two and one half inches tall. Think about it this way, we want a good balance. Mowing our grass is like pruning shrubs, bushes and garden plants to stimulate new plant growth.
Letting our grass grow too tall, not mowing often enough, consequently we are passing up on the opportunity to make our grass healthier.
On the other hand, cutting our lawn grass too short, stresses the grass, and that is never a good thing to do.
2. Cut grass to avoid stress
To help us avoid stressing our grass, we will definitely need our lawn mower to have a good sharp blade on it at all times. A sharp lawn mower blade cuts through the grass cleanly, where a dull blade actually tears and bruises our grass rather than cutting it. Using a lawn mower with a dull blade and tearing the grass rather than cutting it, will cause the ends of the grass to turn brown and look bad.
In the spring of the year, when we get a lot of rain it is easy to let the grass be overgrown. I do not know about you, but my lawn mower does not work well when I try to cut the grass when it is too wet. Making matters worse, the grass grows like crazy, maybe that is why they call it the growing season.
Mulching mower w/bagger option
Cutting the grass properly
- In any case, we still need to cut the grass more often.
- When the grass gets a bit out of hand, adjust the height setting on your lawn mower to the highest setting and cut the grass.
- Wait a day or maybe two, readjust your lawn mower an inch lower than the previous setting and cut the grass in a different direction, say at ninety degrees of the last time you cut it.
- Repeat this process, as many times as necessary to get the grass under control, it will be worth all the work when the lawn finally dries out.
- The important thing to remember here, do not leave piles of wet grass on your lawn.
3. Mulch or bag
- Leaving piles of cut grass on the lawn will not only create dead spots in the grass. The piles of grass will not readily decompose and cause mold and mildew in shady areas of your lawn.
- To help eliminate this problem, we should either use a mulching lawn mower similar to the Toro Recycler, or use a mower with bagger and collect the overgrown grass clippings.
- Let us not forget, the goal here, is to end up with a beautiful lawn, save money, and most importantly be able to brag about doing it all by ourselves.
Enjoy growing grass, and a beautiful landscape. Mike
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