There are many perks to finally being able to own your own home. You get to build equity and credit with your payments and you have more freedom to do as you please with the home and property over the years. Having to be solely responsible for the mowing and other types of care for your lawn isn’t one of them. Whether you love it or hate it or are somewhere in between, mowing your home’s lawn is a fact of life and something that must be done. In today’s blog, we’re going to give you some quick tips and hopefully some inspiration for the next time you mow so that you can get the most out of it and (hopefully) spend less time mowing and more time doing anything but.
Keep It High And Tight: Mow Your Lawn Between 2 And 3 Inches Tall At The Shortest
It is very tempting to mow your grass as low as your mower will possibly go so that you can wait longer between mows. If our mowers had a setting for “golf course” length, then we definitely would, but unfortunately that has recently been shown to be bad for the lawn’s health in general. Try to keep it around 3 inches tall and you will be fine and so will your lawn.
Switch It Up: Try Alternating Mow Directions Each Time
It’s easy to get stuck in a pattern of mowing a certain way each time, but that can have a negative impact on your lawn’s health as well. Mowing the same way each time trains the grass to grow at a certain angle and can lead to dry or dead patches and uneven looking grass after each mow. If you mow in a circle, try alternating clockwise and counterclockwise each mow session. Same with straight line patterns. Mix it up to fix it up!
Start Around The Edges First
We all have our preferred mowing patterns, and you definitely don’t have to switch that up, necessarily, but you can save some time by doing this at the start of each mow. If you take the time to do one or two passes around the very outer edges of the lawn as if you were tracing the outer edges of your lawn with a pencil, then you can start your preferred pattern from there whether it’s mowing in a circle or spiral pattern or with back and forth lines. Each time you get to the outer edge you will now have more room to maneuver at each pass and each consecutive pass will be shorter than before. Give it a try next time you mow.
Mow In The Morning, If Possible
The best time to mow is in the morning just after the dew has dried from the leaves of your lawn. If you can’t then late afternoon and early evening are good times as well. Try to avoid mowing in the middle of the day when it’s hottest out.
Sharpen Those Blades (Or Replace Them)
This spring, take a look at your mowe’s blades and give them a good cleaning and sharpening if necessary (it probably is). Sharp blades help you mow faster and keep your grass healthier in the long run. It also helps your lawn look much more manicured and less choppy.
Now you should be ready to mow the lawn in the best way possible. We want to make sure that every homeowner is prepared for the task ahead with the best news and information and quality products available. Shop our store online here or contact us to learn more about what FAMCO has to offer when it comes to high quality HVAC supplies and ventilation accessories.