A healthy lawn is one that is properly watered, fertilized, aerated, and, of course, mowed regularly. By caring for landscaping throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons, your lawn will be less susceptible to pests and diseases. Mowing appropriately is one of the steps to getting that healthy-looking lawn. Let’s look at some of the big mowing mistakes homeowners make that can jeopardize the aesthetics of your landscaping:
- Buying the Wrong Mower – Choosing the right mower means taking into consideration the size, terrain, and the amount of trees and bushes in the way of mowing paths. Smaller lawns and those with many obstacles like trees, bushes and walkways should use a push mower. Those that are larger should use a ride-on mower to make the job go faster.
- Not Sharpening the Blade – Dull blades can damage your grass and cause the mower to work inefficiently. Blades should be sharpened at the beginning of every season.
- Mowing Wet Grass – Wet grass is not ideal for mowing. Wet blades are not only are slick and don’t cut well, but also can clog up the mower.
- Not Cutting Enough – Sure we all let the grass go when we head off for vacation, but try not to let it become a habit. Grass that gets too long is difficult to cut and not healthy for your lawn. Use the Rule of Thirds. Cut one third of the height each time you cut.
- Not Cleaning the Mower – After each mowing of your lawn, you should clean out the blade and undercarriage. It will have lots of grass clippings and possibly debris from the yard that should be cleaned.
- Ignoring Maintenance – If your mower is smoking, having difficulty starting or sputtering, you should consider regular maintenance.
If you have questions about how to keep your lawn healthy, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644.