For the most part summer is welcomed with open arms. However, one aspect that isn’t well received is the prospect of once again having to mow the grass in the yard under the sweltering heat of the sun.
Unfortunately, this task needs to be done regularly, as an unkempt lawn can greatly affects the overall appearance of a home. Furthermore, mowing your lawn can help it make it become healthier and thicker, which can do wonders not just in terms of aesthetics, but also in keeping dust away even during the summer.
Although, the incorrect mowing techniques can quickly kill off your grass if you aren’t careful, which will reduce all your efforts of caring for it into nothing. This article tackles several frequently asked questions about lawn maintenance.
”How frequently should I trim my lawn?”
While it is understandable that some homeowners determine the frequency of mowing their lawn based by calendar days, this might actually be counterproductive. Instead of using this as a basis for when you need to trim the grass, Weekend Gardener suggests a better option would be to use the height of the grass as a basis. Once the grass grows one-third of its optimum height, it is recommended that you take out the lawn mower and trim it.
Meanwhile, Gardener’s World advises mowing on dry days as this helps avoid the wet grass from clumping together while being mown, which can make it difficult for you to move the mower around.
”How short should I trim the grass?”
When mowing, you need to make sure that the grass is short enough to avoid looking unkempt, but tall enough to be able to recover from the trimming so that it will be able to grow more leaves instead of dying out. The rule of thumb in cutting grass is The Telegraph states the rule of thumb when cutting grass is never cut more than 25 percent of its length. Following on from this, it’s important that you have a mower which is up to the job.
Screwfix features several lawn mowers that allow users to adjust the cutting height. These lawn mowers even come with collectors or mulchers, allowing you to use the cut grass for fertilizer.
The trick to maintaining this length is to make sure that the blades of your lawn mower are sharp enough to cut the grass. This will not only allow you to trim it to the ideal height, it will also make life easier for you, as blunt blades can mean going over the same spot over and over again until you trim your lawn to your satisfaction.
”In what direction should I mow my lawn?”
Popular Mechanics says that grass leans in the direction of your mowing. It recommends changing the patterns every mowing schedule to encourage the grass to grow straight. It also suggests cutting a wide collar so that you have enough space to maneuver the lawn mower when turning corners.
”Should I water my lawn?”
Watering your lawn is the key to making sure that it remains lush and green even during the peak of summer. However, Country Living advises not to water it immediately after mowing the lawn. It recommends doing this early in the morning, when the sun isn’t hot enough to cause the water to immediately evaporate. It also does not promote watering late in the evening, as this can lead to fungal growth.