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Tame Your Turf with Good Mowing Habits

April 30 2010

One of the best ways for homeowners to make a good impression is to have a well-groomed lawn. A beautiful lawn makes your home look healthy and inviting, and definitely contributes to curb appeal.  For many new homeowners, however, maintaining an attractive lawn may appear harder than it looks.

By using a few proper mowing techniques,  you can promote your grass to grow thick and healthy while preventing the onset of weeds and keeping insects like chiggers and ticks from becoming a problem, suggest the experts at www.howstuffworks.com.

A lot of lawn trouble can be avoided by properly adjusting the height of your mower blade in accordance with the kind of grass you have.

Different grasses are mowed at different heights, so you must adjust your lawnmower’s blades accordingly. For example, Bermuda grass lives well at a minimum height of about 1 inch while fescue shouldn’t be cut below 2 inches. 

Commonly, lawnmowers have a height adjustment system located by the wheels. The most recommended way to cut your grass it to take off the top third of the grass blade no matter what type of grass. So before mowing, set the height of your mower blade by the height of the grass, and take off that third for the amount to be trimmed.

When mowing it may become necessary for you to tame down some unruly grass; either you waited too long between mowing or your area received a lot of rain which stimulated your grass to grow more than usual. To properly tame your turf, you will want to take off that top third of the grass, wait a few days and then take off another third until you get the grass to the correct height.

Letting your lawn grow too tall is hard on your mower, because it tends to clog the blades, while cutting your grass too short can shock your grass. You can tell when an area has been scalped by its brownish appearance. According to lifeandlawn.com the grass turns brown because the sensitive part of the grass below the blade is exposed to too much light and thus dries out.

The choice of when to mow is up to you once your conditions and how often you want to mow are considered.  When in doubt, cut high and you should be fine.  Just mow often enough to prevent mulch clumps from building up on your lawn. These clumps can suffocate the underlying turf causing it to weaken in those areas. Weak turf, in turn, invites pesky weeds to take root.

So how often should you mow? Timing your mow is important for the health of your grass as well. Experts at www.allaboutlawns.com, will say that mowing once a week is fine, while others might say that natural conditions, like rain or drought, will let you know when the grass is ready. For more information, visit: www.allaboutlawns.com.