Tips and Tricks For The Perfect Lawn

They say a man’s home is his castle, which makes the state of his lawn very important. While the process may seem simple enough, every time you mow you are paving the way for your lawns success or failure. If you mow correctly, your lawn will grow in a way that’s healthy, drought-tolerant and thick enough to eliminate weeds. If you do it wrong however, your grass will struggle to survive.

If you’re the average homeowner (let’s face it, you’re not) you spend 4 hours a week on yard work, while mowing your lawn 30 times a year. While I would like to meet the person that spends 4 hours a week on their garden, it brings up an interesting fact about the significance of mowing your lawn.

The following tips are essential when creating the perfect lawn, but remember, it really comes down to quality over quantity.

Adjust your mower

For cool climate grass, use a 1-1/2 inch cutting height for the first mow of the year. This can remove dead grass and allow more sunlight to reach the base of the grass plants. Raise the blade during the hotter months to 2 or more inches. Then lower the blade back for the last cut of the year.

Cut your grass using a very sharp blade. A blunt blade tears grass rather than cutting it cleanly. Damaged grass can turn yellow, which isn’t the prettiest sight for your front lawn. Unhealthy grass also requires more nutrients and water to recover, becoming more susceptible to disease.

Sharpening and balancing your blades three times a year is usually enough to maintain a good edge

Don’t over water

As a general rule, lawns require 1 to 2 inches of water per week – whether from you or Mother Nature. This should be applied at three to four day intervals, but varies drastically depending on the temperature, soil conditions and type of grass. If your lawn is in a sandy soil, it may need double the amount of water.

The best time of the day to mow your lawn in in the early morning. Water pressure is high, less water is lost due to evaporation and your lawn has plenty of time to dry before night hits. If your lawn remains wet overnight, there is a higher chance of it contracting disease caused by mold and other fungi.

Optimise your mowing time

Ideally, mow your lawn when the grass is dry. Mowing a wet lawn doesn’t yield the best results. Wet grass fills and clogs a mower deck. It also has a tendency to fall over and clump together as you mow, creating an uneven cut.

Avoid mowing soggy soil, or you risk creating wheel ruts and also tearing up grass. If you must mow the lawn when it is wet however, apply oil or silicone spray to the underside of your mower. This can help prevent sticking. Also, ensure your blade is sharp; this can help avoid ripping out grass or soil from your lawn

Mix up your mowing pattern

Although it may look like you are organised and efficient, avoid mowing in the same direction or pattern each time you mow. When this occurs, you risk compacting soil and actually creating ruts. Both compacted soil and ruts can result in unhealthy grass, followed by weeds that thrive in this type of environment.

If you are intending to mow straight, focus about 3 meters a head of the mower, rather than directly at the wheels.

Timing is everything

When it comes to fertilisers and weed killers, you must take various factors into account. From geographic location, grass type, weed type and soil conditions, there are a few things to keep in mind when creating a defence for your lawn.

-The best defence against weeds is a thick, healthy lawn.

-Attack weeds in the early spring and summer; this is before they have a chance to develop a deep root system, or a seed to reproduce.

-Different weeds need to be dealt with using different methods and chemicals. It is best to do research into the substance that will best attack your weeds.

-Fertilize in early spring to jumpstart root development. Feeding in autumn can help repair summer damage, helping the grass survive the winter. Light feedings in between can help maintain healthy growth.

-It is crucial to read the package of whatever fertiliser or chemical you are planning to use. Some work only in the presence of moisture, however others respond better to dry grass.

 

When it comes to protecting your lawn, the best defence is a good offence. A healthy lawn can serve as a giant air conditioner to cool your home, while releasing a tremendous amount of oxygen. It also captures tons of dirt and dust, minimising the chemicals that may harm you and your family. To a great extent, it’s not how much work you put into your lawn, but when and how you do it.

 

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