Let’s start with your lawn mower. Each year, you’ll want to make sure your lawn mower blades are sharp so your grass can be cut cleanly. Here’s why that’s so important: Dull blades can leave your lawn susceptible to fungal growth and lawn diseases. Make sure your mower blades are sharp at the start of the mowing season and check periodically in the coming months to make sure the blades stay sharp.
Before mowing, check through your lawn and make sure debris is removed first. This could be sticks, rocks, children’s toys, and anything else that doesn’t belong and can dull your lawn mower blades. Your lawn mower is designed to cut the grass, not mulch yard debris in its wake. Do yourself — and your mower —a favor and clean the big stuff off the lawn first.
Do you like your yard to look like the fairway on a golf course? While it’s great while you’re on the links, you don’t really want to have your lawn cut that short. It doesn’t just mean more mowing. It will require water, fertilizer and maintenance as well. If you leave your grass a little longer, it will allow the grass to develop deeper roots and it will remain healthier with less work.
Mowing your lawn after it rains or early in the morning is almost guaranteed to give you an uneven lawn. When the grass is wet, the blades bend over and when you pass the mower over it, the mower blades catch the blades of grass at different heights. Let the lawn dry out a little before you mow. Dry grass likes to stand up straight and tall, which makes it easier to cut.
Water your lawn effectively for best results. Don’t use water outside between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent. Don’t over water your lawn, and hand water any dry spots. Want to learn more about having a great lawn with less water and effort? Check out our online resources at this link.