Every spring, before the grass, turns green and starts to grow, mow the lawn. The lawn receives its signal to begin growing when the old, dead tips are cut off. The sooner your lawn begins to grow, the more effectively you can crowd out weeds before they emerge.
How frequently should I mow?
The norm is to mow your lawn once a week, but some lawns require more frequent maintenance. Some lawns, which grow more slowly, might only require cutting every ten or two weeks. Never remove more than one-third of the grass blade at a time. Any more could endanger the grass. Instead of considering when the lawn was last mowed, think how long it is.
Blades should always be sharp. Instead of cutting the grass blades, dull mower blades often rip them. Every broken blade provides a path for disease and stresses the lawn. Avoid mowing a lawn when it’s wet if at all possible to avoid the same issue. If you attempt to mow a wet lawn, you’ll create ruts and the grass will start to lean over, making it challenging to get a good cut.
Feel free to leave the clippings after mowing as long as your lawn is healthy and there are no thatch issues. Mulching is beneficial, but it is not required. Your lawn won’t be harmed if the clippings aren’t too much. In a short amount of time, the clippings will decompose and supply nitrogen to your lawn.
Let it Develop
Your lawn’s root system will extend the longer you allow it to grow (in terms of length, not necessarily time). Your lawn will be healthier and more resilient to stress if its root system is longer. Less watering is required for lawns that are more resilient to drought and stress. Additionally, studies have shown that by limiting the amount of sunlight that weed seeds receive, the number of weeds in the lawn can be decreased by allowing the grass to grow to a length of 212 to 3 inches. Longer blades also provide more surface area for photosynthesis, which gives the grass more energy and food to sustain life. Make the season’s final cut the shortest one possible. The likelihood of matting, which contributes to winter kill damage, is decreased by cutting the lawn short for the winter.
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