Maintaining a beautiful lawn takes quite a bit of work, but a great way to start is mowing your yard properly. A lot of homeowners feel that they need to pull out their mower when their yard looks overgrown, but a healthy, lush lawn needs regular mowing.
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The frequency in which you mow your lawn really depends on how quickly your grass grows and the season. During the winter, mowing frequency will typically be less, whereas during the Spring and Summer months, you may need to mow weekly. Water restrictions also play a part in how often your mow your lawn, as your grass may not grow as quickly without water. Some people feel that mowing takes up too much time in their busy schedules and choose to pay for professional lawn care services.
When it comes to cutting your grass, a general rule is to never cut it more than 1/3 its original height. Cutting anymore can damage the blades of grass and result in an unhealthy yard. Cutting your grass too short, also known as scalping, allows
If you've been out of town or just got a little backed up with other chores, don't worry. You'll still want to adhere to the 1/3's rule, but make sure that you cut your grass down in increments. This will reduce the amount of stress you put on the grass.
Lawn mower maintenance can range from cleaning the undercarriage to a professional inspection.
Before each mow, make sure that gas and oil levels are at the correct levels. Much like a car, your lawn mower's oil needs to be changed. Most mowers need their oil changed after 20 hours of operation, but check your mower's owner's manual to see what the manufacturer suggests.
Sharp blades are crucial for your lawns health. Dull blades can ruin your lawn by tearing at the blades of grass rather than cutting them clean. If you don't have the proper tools to sharpen blades, it is recommended that you can take it to your nearest mower repair shop.
If you're planning on storing your mower for a period of time, make sure that you drain the gas from the tank to ensure that no bad gas sits in the mower. Your mower's spark plugs should aslo be replaced yearly, and a great time to do that is before each season. Follow these steps and you'll have a stress-free start to the next mowing season.
There are several different types of mowers that you can use. Purchasing the correct mower for your needs really comes down to the size of your yard, your budget, and your personal preference. Riding mowers are recommended for larger yards, while push mowers can handle small to medium jobs.
Bagging your grass clippings isn't always recommended, as the clippings are beneficial to your lawn's health. The cut blades of grass act as a natural fertilizer, maintain moisture, and shade your soil from the hot summer sun. If you mow frequently enough, you won't have to worry about the volume of grass clippings.
There are several other things that can help maximize the longevity and health of your lawn, including fertilization, core aeration, and overseeding. You can read more tips in our lawn care guide.