If you want your yard to stand out as the best yard on the block, you may need to make some changes to the way that you mow your yard. Here are a few tips that will steer you in the direction of a greener and healthier lawn.
#1 Don't Cut Your Grass Too Short
Make sure that you adjust the height of your lawn mower. For grass that is growing in the shade all the time, you are going to want to leave the grass a little longer. For grass that is in the sun at least part of the day, a little shorter is okay. However, you don't want to cut your grass too short. If you keep your grass extremely short, that's called scalping grass, and can be very dangerous to the overall health of your grass. When the grass is continually cut too short, weeds will take over, disease will more likely take root. Your grass will not be able to develop a good root system either if it is kept too short, which will make it get damaged more easily by both high temperatures and drought.
#2 Keep The Blade Sharp
It is a good idea to keep the blade on your lawn mower sharp. When the blade on your mower is sharp, it is able to give the grass a cleaner cut. When your lawn mower blade is dull, it can actually have consequences for your grass. It will not be able to make as clean a cut and can tear the grass instead of cut it, which can lead to uneven edges and the tips getting brown or white as they die due to the jagged cut.
#3 Wait For Your Yard To Be Dry
Don't mow your yard right after water it or right after it rains outside. It is not a good idea to mow a wet yard. When your yard is wet, the grass is more likely to clog up your mower deck. It is also more likely to clump up and fall off your mower as you mow, leaving big chucks of grass on your lawn that could damage it if you don't go back and rake up your lawn.
When you cut your grass when it is wet, you are also likely to get an uneven cut and your yard will not look as nice.
#4 Change Your Pattern
It can be tempting to stick to the same pattern every time you mow your yard. However, when you mw in the same pattern every single time, week after week, year after year, you are going to pack down the soil in the pattern that you mow your yard. Overtime, this can even lead to ruts in your yard. Both of these conditions take away from the overall health of your grass, so in order to enjoy healthier grass, change up that pattern every few mows to prevent complications that will compromise the health of your grass.
For additional tips on caring for your lawn, contact a company, like Metro Sod & Seeding Inc.