Best mowing practices will vary based on season, weather conditions, grass species, and how intensely a lawn is managed. Here are some points to consider when setting the course for your mowing path
Spring Lawncare: Prepping for Success In Mid-Atlantic/Northern Regions
Getting off to a great start is easy when you keep a few things in mind. Here are some to-do list items to ease lawns from their slumber and prepare them for the warm days ahead.
Cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade
“The Golden Rule of Mowing” is to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time, this promotes deep root growth. Grass that is cut too short may kill grass and let weeds grow too easily.
Mow when the grass is dry
Wet conditions can cause grass clumping and excessive buildup on the mower deck underside, leaving you with a poor quality cut.
Water in the morning
It’s best to water your grass in the morning. If you water in the evening, droplets can cling to the grass and promote fungus overnight.
Fill-in holes or divots in your yard
For a more consistent, smooth cut fill in any divots or uneven terrain in your yard.
Overlap mowing paths
Be sure to mow in a straight line, whenever possible. And overlap your mowing path from 2-4 inches to avoid strips of uncut grass.
The truth about bagging
Bagging is the easy way to clean up your yard. Why? Bagging systems are like an outdoor vacuum cleaner and your lawn is like your outdoor carpet. When bagging, keep these things in mind.
Soil testing your lawn and garden
It’s important to create a baseline and adjust as needed. Soil testing in lawns and gardens is like going to the doctor for a checkup. It can call to your attention any major problems.
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