Lawn Mowing Essentials

Your lawn is one of the first things people notice about your home. And an important component of a beautiful home is a lush, green lawn. Mowing the grass may just seem like a chore to be done so your yard doesn’t start looking like a prairie. Mowing is a pretty simple job. Just push the mower around and that’s it, right? But proper lawn mowing techniques can make the all the difference between a nice looking yard and a gorgeous one. And knowing the importance of mowing your grass the right way is a very important part of keeping your lawn healthy. It isn’t just the actual mowing that makes your lawn look great. It’s all about how frequently you cut your grass and knowing the correct height to cut it.

Grass is just like any other plant. If you clip off the growing points, the plant branches out and becomes denser. With grass, the growing points are in the crown where new leaves develop. When you mow your lawn the correct way, thousands of individual grass plants will grow into a tightly woven turf.

Lawn Types

There are numerous types of grass, and most have recommended mowing heights. You can find these recommendations on the internet. It’s best to follow the one-third rule. For a lawn that is already thriving, never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing. If you haven’t cut your grass for a while and becomes too long, move up the cutting height of your mower to the highest setting. When grass is overly long, you should always either use a bagging unit on your mower or rake up the clippings immediately after cutting. Then move the mower blade back to its normal setting and cut your lawn again in a few days.

Save Your Lawn Clippings

Never toss your grass clippings in a bag and throw them away. Grass clippings are extremely rich in organic matter, full of nitrogen and many other nutrients which can be very valuable fertilizer. If you mow often enough to remove no more than one-third of the grass blade, you can just leave the clippings on the lawn, where the pieces will quickly break down and put nutrients back into your lawn. And don’t believe the rumors that leaving the clippings on the lawn will cause thatch to build up. Research has proven this not to be true.

The Finishing Touches

Once your lawn has been mowed, you aren’t finished. A healthy and lush lawn needs to be edged and trimmed. Edging helps to trim the lawn along hard surfaces like sidewalks and driveways, or along fences, making a nice clean line. But don’t forget to clean up any dirt and grass debris this task creates. Last thing you need to do — put away all tools and stand back and admire your lovely lawn!