Many Texas home and business owners assume that the secret to a gorgeous mowed lawn comes down to consistency, but this is not true. While regularly mowing your property keeps it looking neat, it’s often not enough to keep it green, lush, and thriving. If you’re wasting precious free time mowing your lawn and only getting lackluster results, it may be time to reevaluate your lawn maintenance approach. Knowing a few simple mowing tips and suggestions can help you get the most out of every mow.
Mowing the lawn at the proper height (particularly during the summer months) proves an essential first step in helping our property look its very best. The right grass height in the summer months can vary based on the type of grass species and geographical location. However, most mowers should only remove the top 1/3 of the grass blades, or strive for a final height of approximately three inches. Keeping a lawn at the optimal length allows for better moisture retention and encourages deeper root growth. Additionally, making a conscious effort to avoid cutting the grass too short can help reduce the risk of weeds, disease, and insect infestations.
Maintain Mower Blades
The condition of your mower also blade plays a big part in the appearance of your lawn. A dull or damaged blade will tear the grass blades, leaving jagged edges and an unsightly, white-yellow hue across the entire mowed area. However, a sharp blade not only leaves a clean cut, but it also helps the grass recover more quickly and increases your overall mowing speed. Note: It is not recommended for homeowners to sharpen their own blades. Keep a spare set at home, so you can easily remove the blades and bring them to a local hardware store or power equipment retailer for sharpening.
Compost Your Grass to Increase Lawn Aeration
Composting or “grasscycling” is a great way to add nutrients to the soil and give earthworms in your yard the chance to provide natural lawn aeration. When mulching, make sure the clippings are no longer than an inch and make sure your blades are sharp. When done consistently on dry grass, this mowing method can potentially cut your lawn maintenance time in half.
Don’t have a mulching mower? Not a problem. Turn your existing mower into a mulching mower by ordering a kit online. You’ll find the mulching blade has a longer cutting edge and different shape than a standard set. These kits are explicitly designed to keep grass clippings circulating under the mower deck longer, producing smaller pieces for accelerated decomposition.