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The Lawn Mowing How-To Guide
Too often is lawn mowing forgotten among the daunting task of home landscaping and lawn care. It’s generally perceived as a chore, rather than another outlet to improve the overall look of your lawn. What most don’t consider is that you can greatly harm the health and growth power of your grass with each improper cut. While basic gardening tasks, it is perhaps the most essential aspect of lawn care. For even the most damaged lawn, proper mowing can be one of the most effective tools to improve any number of problems. Additionally, there are other post-cut duties that need satisfaction in order to make each week’s mow a productive experience. Follow some of these basic how-to guidelines and you’ll be on track to maximize the capabilities of your lawn in no time.
The Trick Is In The Blade
The rule, simple as it sounds, is to always keep your mower’s blade razor sharp. The benefit of sharpening goes beyond simply making more seamless, unimpeded cuts throughout your lawn. Dull mower blades have the propensity to chop or tear the top of grass blades. This is harmful, as uneven or improperly sliced grass blades can contribute to dry ends, which are susceptible to discoloration). In addition to unsightliness, this also can potentially lead to the easier acquirement of lawn disease. This can cause a more financially burdening, long-term issue.
Change The Pattern Up
Believe it or not, the lawn can adapt to the same repetitive patterns that it is cut in. Grass will begin to grow in the same direction if cut the same way for extended periods of time. This, much to the chagrin of lawn care enthusiasts, harms the lushness and full look that is desired. While it isn’t as significant a problem as dried out, burnt grass, a flat lawn is rather unsightly and creates another minor problem with a tedious solution.
Grass Clippings as an Advantage
A misconception among some is grass clippings must always be collected when a cut is done. Contrarily, the clippings break down and become food, (or natural fertilizer,) to your lawn. They generate a healthy portion of needed nitrogen and moisture for a hungry lawn. To bust another myth, grass clippings do not contribute to thatch build-up if cut properly (about 1/3 of the grass blade). Allowing the lawn to re-use clippings negates the need to collect/dispose of them or to regularly fertilize the lawn.
Mind The Season
It is also worth noting that you must mind the seasons when evaluating and cutting your lawn in Brampton. In warmer seasons it is recommended you mow the grass between 2 to 2 ½ inches tall in order to maintain the regular, consistent growth. In colder seasons, it is recommended between 3 to 3 ½ inches, as the growth rate slows due to the climate.
Mowing can be taken for granted on occasion, but it is also the most vital in order to boast a lush, healthy lawn. Without knowing and employing the proper knowledge that goes into mowing, you can do more harm than good despite thinking you’ve satisfied your weekly cut. Follow the process, reap the benefits!