Lawn Mowing Tips
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When it comes to mowing your lawn, it’s important to learn the proper techniques that will ensure the health and longevity of your grass. Proper mowing is one of the key elements in healthy turf. Photosynthesis is hindered every time your lawn is mowed. Leaves feed the root system. The more leaf blade, the healthier the root system. A healthier root system decreases the need for supplemental irrigation. Mowing a lawn too short weakens the root system and allows weeds to germinate much easier! The team at Specialized Pest Control & Lawn Care is here with expert lawn mowing tips with the health of your Northern Utah home in mind!
Tips on How to Mow Your Lawn
Keeping a healthy, green lawn in our climate can be more difficult than you think. Here are our top lawn mowing tips:
- Set the blade on your mower so that you keep the grass at a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches, especially during the heat of summer. This is usually either the top setting or the second to top setting on your mower. This shades the soil and prevents both excess drying and evaporation, reducing the need for watering. This practice also makes your roots dive deeper into the soil making your grass healthier and more water-efficient.
- It is recommended to mow your lawn often so you are taking no more than one-third of the blade of grass off every time you mow. Mulching when you mow can be beneficial because it can return many nutrients and moisture to your lawn. If mulching is going to leave piles or strips of dead grass on your lawn it is best to bag.
- Mowing your lawn short on your last mowing of the year (1.5-2 inches) is also recommended for resistance to disease and to prevent mold problems the following spring. If you do notice you have snow mold in the spring the easiest fix is to lightly rake the grass to get air underneath it which will stop the mold growth and eliminate the problem.
More Utah Lawn Mowing Tips
Sharpen your mower blades often to give you a nice clean cut each time you mow your lawn. If you notice after mowing that all of the tips of your grass are brown and frayed, it is time to sharpen your blades. Alternate mowing patterns on your lawn from angles to straight lines to prevent directional matting of grass and tire damage to your lawn. Not only are rotating patterns good for your lawn, but it also gives it that manicured and groomed look!
Be careful when trimming the edges of your lawn with a string trimmer. Try to avoid trimming the lawn too short because it weakens the edges and allows weeds to take over easily. If you have a vertical blade edger this is usually the best method along sidewalks, curbs, and driveways, because it leaves the grass long while providing a nice maintained appearance.
Mowing Your Lawn in Utah
The key to a healthy lawn is mowing it correctly. The team at Specialized knows it can be overwhelming to take proper care of your turf, which is why our experts can always provide you with lawn mowing tips. To learn more, contact us today!
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Lawn Mowing Tips in Salt Lake County and Northern Utah
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