The grass is always greener when you take care of your lawn correctly. Just like tree care, lawn care is important for the environment and the general well-being of the lawn at your home or office space. Here are some do’s and don’ts of mowing your lawn.
DO cut your grass based on blade length. For a lawn to be green, it must be growing. To keep your lawn growing, cut according to its growth. Follow the one-third rule: never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing session.
DON’T cut wet grass. This can cause brown spots because clippings clump together and smother your lawn.
DO mow your lawn before it gets warm outside or after it cools down. Avoid the heat to keep you and your lawn mower cool. Take care of the chore in the morning (not too early!) or early evening.
DON’T bag your clippings! Besides savings you time and energy, those clippings return valuable nutrients to the lawn. Think of it as free fertilizer. However, if you see signs of lawn disease, be sure to pick up the clippings to avoid spreading it to healthy grass.
DO understand what type of grass you have. Certain grasses require close mowing to stay healthy and if they grow too high, will promote thatch development.
DON’T sustain an injury from your lawn mower. Power lawn mowers can be dangerous, even when used properly. Wear proper clothing – heavy shoes, long pants and tight-fitting clothes.
DO keep your machinery in tip-top condition. Your mower blades should be sharp in order to product a clean cut. Sharpen the blades of rotary mowers several times each season, whereas reel mowers can be sharpened once per year.
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