If there’s one thing that truly captures the sound of summer, besides kids splashing in the city pool, it’s the ol’ lawn mower revving to life.
Mowing has been a part of land ownership for centuries. Before we had electric mowers, we relied on sheep or scythes to keep grass trimmed. More than being a way to manicure our little treasures of land, mowing is good for the health of the grass and, below that, the soil.
We mow because consistency in grass growth is crucial in maintaining a beautiful yard – and what homeowner doesn’t want that? Mowing also helps keep your lawn healthy and, at the same time, eliminates some of the pests from the grass. The first cut of your lawn’s growing season may also be the most important. Springtime is not only a good time to clean up tree limbs and debris from your yard (do this step before you mow!), but also the first mow of spring sends a signal to lawn roots that it’s time to get growing and removes dead grass tips that took the brunt of winter. Once the weather warms around March and April, the grass in your yard gets busy growing fast especially if the soil is getting the nutrients it needs. Basically, it’s a good idea to stay on top of mowing your lawn. No sheep or scythes required.
Mowing properly will help you have a lush and beautiful lawn, but it’s not as simple as it may sound (really!). Here are some mowing do’s and don’ts to help simplify this important lawn care chore:
PRO TIP: Don’t let your grass grow too high before you cut it because grass can get sunburned – yep, just like you on your first day at the beach. When you cut tall grass short, the shaded part of the blades are then exposed to the sun and burn.