Lawn Mowing Recommendations For A Healthy Lawn

Posted on: 13 January 2021

Lawn mowing is a task that many residents consider a boring task that they may want to avoid. However, caring for your lawn does not need to be difficult or painful, especially when you have a powered mower and you get to spend the time mowing out in the fresh air. Here are some recommendations to help you make your lawn look and be its healthiest. You can improve your yard appearance with the best mowing practices.

Manage Your Mower Height

One of the easiest steps you can take in caring for your lawn in a healthy manner is to adjust the height of your mower to the right setting before you mow, which should be at one of the highest positions. If you mow each week, or as your lawn needs it, you shouldn't have to readjust the mower blade height and can continue to use it at its higher setting.

The only time you need to readjust your mower is if your lawn has been neglected and is extremely long, at which point you would need to raise your mower blade all the way up on the highest setting and mow your lawn. Then, after a few days, you can lower the blade down a bit and mow your lawn as usual. This process only allows you to remove no more than one-third of your lawn's blade length, which is the key to not stripping your lawn of its healthy growth.

When you let your lawn blades grow longer, they naturally shade the soil and the plant roots, establishing a healthier lawn plant and keeping moisture within the soil. If you trim your lawn too short, for example, the lawn plant uses its energy into regrowing the leaf blades that were scalped instead of growing thicker and deeper roots for a healthy plant. Likewise, your lawn becomes prickly and uncomfortable to walk upon, in addition to the fact that it is thinner and at risk of weeds. A longer-cut lawn will be soft and will look better overall for an improved landscaping appearance.

Mow the Right Time of Day

The time of day you mow your lawn is just as important as how long you keep your lawn trimmed. If you mow your lawn at the peak of heat during the middle of the day, or in the early morning hours when the lawn is still damp, you are going to harm your lawn and potentially put it at risk of disease. 

The best time of day to mow your lawn is in the early evening when the temperature begins to cool down and your lawn is thoroughly dry. This will keep your lawn clippings from clumping together. That way, if you let them fall back into your lawn for a boost in nutrients, they won't smother your lawn. For more information, contact a residential lawn mowing service.