What property owner hasn’t dreamt of a beautiful, verdant, well-manicured lawn for themselves? Unfortunately, daydream as we may, lawns don’t mow themselves. Fortunately, for finding good professional lawn care West Chester Ohio is one of the best places to live in. Not only are our teams of technicians ready to serve on any project, no matter how big or small, but our credentials as a lawn care company are impeccable. Check out the work we’ve been doing for years, in areas such as West Chester OH, Mason OH, Lebanon OH and the vicinity. You’ll definitely be impressed, we can vouch for that.
At the same time, we understand that good lawn maintenance starts at home. This is why, aside from regularly coming in to mow your lawn, our experts are always prepared to dispense good lawn care service advice for the owner with a green thumb. At first glance, mowing the lawn seems simple enough. After all, it’s not rocket science. All you need is a mower and then the task basically takes care of itself, right? To a certain extent, it is. On the other hand, there are several ways in which you can do more harm than good to your lawn, by cutting the grass the wrong way. If you want to make sure your turf stays lush and healthy the year round, here are our five most essential tips.
Tip 1: Don’t over-mow
Is there such a thing as mowing the grass too closely? Most lawn maintenance company technicians have come across the damaging effects of over-mowing at least once over the course of their work. Sometimes, you will get a bit lazy and shear the grass short, as to skip mowing it the following week. The rule of thumb here is to never cut off more than one third of the length of the blade. If you do, the grass blades will be exposed to excessive stress and lose their ability to properly complete the process of photosynthesis.
Tip 2: Mow when the weather’s just right
A lot of home owners ask our lawn maintenance experts how often they should cut the grass. The best way to answer this question is to check out the height of your grass blades and figure it out for yourself. At the same time, remember never to mow the lawn when the weather is excessively hot or humid. Mowing wet grass can result in the appearance of brown spots on your lawn, which are a result of grass clippings clumping up.
Tip 3: Take good care of your mower blades
Nowadays, you can find a lot of different types of lawn mowers on the market, from those which are rotary push operated, to zero-turn mowing machines, to push reel mowers. However, none of them will magically keep their blades sharp all by themselves. In order to make sure that the blades are in good shape, you will need to regularly check them out and sharpen as the need may be. Dull lawn mower blades can inflict a lot of damage to your lawn. Do this simple exercise to find out if it’s not too late already: take a good look at the blades of grass that make up your turf. Are they discolored at the tips? Are the blades shredded? If you can answer any of these questions in the affirmative, then it’s time to sharpen those blades. In fact, you should perform this maintenance action at least once a year. Also, take into account the fact that some grass species are tougher and can dull out your lawn mower blades at a faster pace.
Tip 4: Clippings are a free boon
Though it’s not a good idea to leave grass clippings behind when the weather is wet, these remnants can work wonders in hot, dry weather. Save time and effort by not bagging them up and see how your grass grows healthier and lusher. It will retain more moisture, the clippings will prevent the soil underneath the blades from overheating, and the grass root systems will be fed more nutrients.
Tip 5: Let your lawn recover
Damaged lawns are often salvageable, but the best way to care for them is to allow them the time they need to recover. If your turf has been recently damaged by over-mowing or by unusually dry weather, then skip a mowing session or two and let the grass grow taller than you normally would.