Summer Mowing Tips for the Healthiest Lawn

Summer is here, and people already have their mowers out. We have seen some common issues with lawns. To help keep your grass growing strong and healthy, follow our tips below.

Mow Often And Not too Short

A mistake so many people make with their lawns is cutting it too short. Without thinking about it, each cut they make is too short. We get it - cutting the grass short means fewer cuts you need to make. But your lawn hates this. Aim to cut about of the grass blade with each cut. Any more than this length of a cut causes clippings to build up stunting grass growth during the extra decomposition period. Longer grass encourages roots to reach deeper into the soil for water, creating even better connections.

Keep Your Blades Sharp

With sharp mower blades, each slice will precisely cut the grass. Whereas with dull blades, your lawn gets chewed up and shredded unevenly. When cut at varying lengths with a dull blade, your grass becomes more open to diseases. Experts suggest sharpening your mower’s blades after 10 hours of use, so depending on the size of your yard, that is at least twice per season.

Switch Up the Pattern

Mowing is a rough time for your lawn. Even the lightest mower is hefty. When adding the mower’s weight to the clippings pressing the grass and soil down, your lawn’s health takes a toll. To improve its health, try mixing up the pattern of your mowing. Make sure to choose an efficient route to walk on your grass as little as possible.

Time the Watering in Early Morning

Regular, early morning watering (around 10 a.m.) makes for a healthy lawn, according to the John Deere experts. This timing gives a balance between making the water available and not having it evaporate away. Avoid evening watering as much as you can. If grass stays wet overnight, you may get some fungus growth. Try to water your lawn, so the moisture goes down about six inches into the soil.

Independent Lawn Service™ has been helping residents and businesses in the Livonia area keep their lawns healthy, green, and growing strong. Give us a call today if you have questions about lawn health or need a lawn care service.

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