Lawn Care and Maintenance Service
Lawn mowing should be done on a regular and consistent basis (once a week during summer and biweekly in other seasons). Staying consistent creates a healthy environment for grass roots to spread which prevents weed growth by filling in the holes and gaps of your lawn. This is one of the easiest low-effort methods to keep your landscaping looking beautiful and maintained.
Timing and Ideal Trim Length
The timing of your lawn mowing is important. To ensure optimal lawn health, it's best not to trim more than one-third of the height of a blade of grass. Removing more than one-third results in scalping the grass which not only exposes the soil underneath but also opens the lawn up to potential weed infestation and even diseases. Furthermore, the root system of the lawn becomes weak and underdeveloped, making it susceptible to potentially permanent damage from hot weather and severe dry spells. An easy way to prevent these problems is to remember to adjust your mower height depending on the season. During warmer seasons, it makes sense to adjust the cutting deck to a higher position and prevent scalping risk (around 2-4 inches in grass height). During colder seasons, especially in regions where it snows, adjusting the cutting deck lower will reduce the possibility of snow mold forming.
It's good practice to make sure your mower blades are sharp which allows for efficient labor. Dull blades run the risk of ripping open grass blades as opposed to clean cuts, which gives bugs and diseases an opportunity to penetrate grass blades. It's easy to identify when grass blades have ripped open - they turn a white/brown hue due to the tips dying and peeling back. Try to avoid running the lawn mower of large objects (branches, stones, etc.) to slow the dulling of the blade and avoid any blade damage.
Taking Into Account the Environment
The environment has subtle effects on lawn health that should be taken into account. For shady areas, it's a good strategy to trim less and keep the lawn height slightly higher. Shaded areas naturally receive less sunlight, and grass blades benefit from longer surface areas to collect energy from the sun via photosynthesis. This is one of the secrets to maintaining health grass in low-light areas. An additional recommendation would be to cut when the lawn is dry. While it doesn't necessarily damage the lawn, wet grass may lead to clumping, clogging, and uneven cuts.
String trimming edges takes a lot of additional unnecessary work. To prevent the need for this additional labor, it's a good idea to leverage the surroundings to form flat edging alongside the lawn. Walkways, planting areas, trees, and driveways are all good options. By rolling one of the wheels of the lawn mower on these flat edges, the need for string trimming is eliminated.
Grasscycling & Compost Clippings
Grasscycling is the practice of leaving behind some grass clippings after the mowing process. It's an economical method and reduces consumption of fertilizer, trash bags, and other materials used to remove compost from the yard. If this strategy is pursued, simply by a mulching blade to replace the existing mower blade. An adapter may be necessary if you find that your lawn mower is shooting out grass clippings while mowing. For optimal grasscycling, ensure that your lawns are mowed consistently and that no more than one-third of the grass height is being removed with each trim.
Mowing Technique and Pattern
Similar to other plants and trees, grass is put under significant stress when it's cut. In an effort to minimize the damage, mowing should be done during cooler and less sun-exposed times of day. This will ensure that water retention is maximized and accelerate recovery of the lawn. As for mowing patterns, contrary to popular belief, you should not use the same mowing patterns and directions for each session. Doing so may lead to soil compaction and create holes that then give weeds the opportunity to grow.