Proper Mowing is Key to a Healthy Lawn

Many gardeners spend time and money to produce a healthy and attractive lawn. Fertilizers are applied to promote root and shoot growth and produce a dark green lawn. When necessary, the herbicides used for weed control crabgrass and broadleaf. While fertilization and weed control are important aspects of lawn maintenance, mowing properly is another vital factor. In fact, many lawn problems are because of dating back to the wrong court. Cutting height and frequency are the most important aspects of the court. Bluegrass lawns should be between 2 and 2 1 / 2 inches in the spring and autumn. Raise the mower blade to a height of 3 inches during the summer.

Frequency is based on the rate of grass growth. As a rule, never remove more than one third of the total leaf surface at any one cutting. For example, to maintain a 2-inch grass should be cut when the grass reaches a height of 3 inches. In the spring may be necessary to cut every 4 to 5 days, possibly only once every 1-2 weeks in summer, with more frequent mowing in the fall. Under irrigation and fertilization practices and climate determine the frequency of pruning. Mowing grass that is too high is hard on the machine and, more importantly, is detrimental to the lawn. It weakens the turf, which will allow weeds to move in the lawn. Longer blade will help to cut more grass in each stroke of a shorter blade. That means that with a short blade that is less likely to clip pretty flowers when we want to get things just weeds. It may take several weeks for the grass to recover from a severe cut. Another problem is the large number of “straw” or cuts. Excessive amounts of clippings are unsightly, they tend to smother the lawn and create an environment that fosters the development of the disease. Grass clippings must be bagged or commission and removed when mowing grass has grown too high. Grass that has gotten really tall must be mowed as quickly as possible. Lift the mower cutting edge as far above the ground as possible one can mow the grass and take away the grass trimmings. Step by step start reducing the tallness of the grass later on mow until the lawn is being mowed at the correct height. When the grass is mowed correctly, the grass trimmings do not have to be separated. The small trimmings will simply sit down into the lawn and decompose rapidly, chronic essential plant nutrients to the earth.

Lawn split ends do not appreciably contribute to thatch growth. Because the mowers can cause serious injury to operator and others, go after safety precautions when mowing. Dress appropriately, wear shoes and long pants. Remove all debris including sticks, pebbles, and toys from the lawn before mowing. Keep children and pets at a safe distance to protect debris. Keep hands and feet away from the blade when the cutter is in operation. Never leave the mower running unattended newer models will automatically turn off. Appropriate, carefully cut will help protect the health of the lawn and the operator. Smooth movements are more effective. Mowing is a court action. It’s more like a sliced tomato than making timber division.