Mowing a lawn may seem like a no-brainer, but there really is more to it than simply cutting grass. Promier Landscapes has provided a step-by-step guide to help educate you on the basics of mowing your lawn. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner, check out these useful tips so that your lawn is the envy of the neighborhood.
Choosing a mower
First, you need to choose the right mower. We know, most guys like to go to the hardware store and look for the biggest, baddest-looking riding lawnmower. But guys, we hate to break it to you, buying a lawnmower should have more to do with the needs of your lawn rather than fueling your ego, although it can be fun to be sitting like a king on your new top-of-the-line mower.
Here is a look at the different types of mowers available. Choose one that best suits the needs of your lawn and your budget.
- Manuel reel mowers are quiet, and ideal for small, flat lawns. Plus, they are environmentally friendly since they do not require the use of fuel or electricity.
- Electric mowers are available with or without cords (cordless) and are ideal for small lawns. Be sure you have access to an electrical outlet either in your shed or garage since it will require charging.
- Gas-powered push mowers use a gas engine, and operate by manually pushing them. Ideal for medium-sized lawns, these push mowers also come with a self-propel option.
- Riding mowers or lawn tractors are best used for large areas of land or lawns that are sloped.
- Mulching mowers also mulch grass as they mow, providing nutrients for your soil, and saving you the hassle of having to rake your lawn after you mow.
Making the Cut
Knowing when to mow and how short to cut your grass is essential when it comes to maintaining a lush lawn. The general rule of thumb during the summer months is to remove no more than one-third of the grass blade. This leaves enough grass to protect roots from the dry, hot heat and helps protect against pests or disease. Avoid mowing newly seeded areas until new growth is established. Also, when you do mow new grass, use the highest setting possible on your mower.
Cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, fescues, and perennial ryegrass should be cut down to about two inches. Warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass, zoysia, and centipede grass about one to one and a half inches.
Once you are finished mowing, the work does not stop there! Be sure to sharpen the mower blades about every four times that you mow to prevent damaging your grass. Also, change your mowing patterns often as mowing the same way each time encourages the grass to grow at an angle. Fertilize your lawn when necessary.
Lawn Maintenance in Johnson City and Kingsport
This year, leave the work and planning to us, at Promier Landscapes. Our experts know just the right time to weed and feed your lawn, and how to properly care for your lawn so that we can provide you with an outdoor space that makes you proud. Call Promier Landscapes today at (423) 246-7977 for a consultation. We serve clients in the Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol, Tennessee areas.