Mowing your lawn doesn’t only make it look sleek, lush, and tied up but also boosts the health and hue of your grass. As the health of your lawn turf improves, its resilience against pests, diseases, and environmental damages also gets multiplied. That’s the reason why experts give so much importance to regular lawn mowing since doing so will, eventually, make your lawn look luxuriously green which, in turn, will increase the curb appeal and total worth of your property.
However, you should also keep in mind that mowing your lawn in the wrong way can do more harm than good. For example, if you overcut the grass, it will get more prone to pest attacks and dehydration which, in turn, will damage the entire root system. Similar to this, various cases have been reported by the homeowners, up till now, in which their slight negligence has destroyed their lush green lawns just in a couple of days. So, remember that mowing a lawn is not just about cutting the overgrown grass patches, instead, it holds much more value.
Thus, to help the homeowners mow their lawns perfectly, without any error, here I’ve compiled some expert tips – Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know. Go through this easy-to-follow lawn mowing advice to get the most out of the time and effort.
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Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Mow at the best part of the day
The first and foremost important thing in lawn mowing is the time. So, it’s better to schedule the mowing. According to the experts, the best part of the day to mow a lawn is the midmorning; the time when the grass is completely dry and when the temperature is optimal. However, these two factors (dry grass and optimal temperature) may vary from region to region. For example, if you live in a cold region, chances are your turf won’t get dried even till the midmorning. In that case, you should wait till early afternoon so the wet grass won’t end up choking your mower.
On the other hand, if you live in an extremely hot and arid part of the world, the temperature will be sky-touching till mid-morning so in this case, you better mow the grass even before the mid-morning. Also, the dew showers are not so significant in hot areas, and if so, all the dampness will be evaporated till the early morning so cutting the grass in the early morning hours won’t damage the machine.
And if you live in a region with moderate climate conditions, it would be best for you to mow the unwanted grass during the mid-morning, early evening, or late afternoon – the time when the temperature is optimal, neither too high nor too low, and the grass are dry.
Mow to the perfect height
Besides the mowing time, mowing height also determines what your lawn will look like. Generally, there’s no general rule regarding the perfect mowing height as different grass types need to be cut up to a different heights. To cut it short, experts divide the grasses into two main categories; warm-season and cool-season grass.
The warm-season grass types including common Bermuda grass, Bahia, hybrid Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine, etc. should mow relatively higher (about ½ inch taller than cool-season grass). Taller grass comes with deeper roots which in turn, will strengthen the entire root system. By having a stronger root system, your lawn grass will be able to endure heat stresses more effectively. Also, the deeper roots can fetch the moisture and nutrients from deep down in the soil and at the same time, taller grass blades will offer more surface area for photosynthesis.
On the other hand, the cool-season grass types like perennial ryegrass, fine fescue, tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, etc. should mow relatively shorter than warm seasoned ones. Why? Because the taller grass blades will trap the moisture which in turn, will make the environment premium for the mould and fungal growth. Still, you should not cut the grass more than ⅓ of its height because overcutting will decrease the leaf area, halting the grass from preparing its food via photosynthesis.