June Project: How To Get the Most Out of Your Lawn

Grass is, and will most likely always be, the biggest part of most landscapes. It surrounds your investment, is the first thing noticed as people approach your house. When you have a beautiful lawn, it can add great value to the price and appeal of your property.Hank Mowing

Some Supplies to Gather:
lawn mower
sharpening file or stone
weed eater, edger
blower or broom for cleanup

Homeowners generally dread the tall task of caring for their lawn throughout the year. They want to put in the least amount of effort and get high returns. The mentality is: “Let's just get it done so I don't have to worry about it till next week.”

Without exception, your grass will continue to grow from year to year with little help from you and you'll have to cut it anyway. That means it's worth it to learn how to cut your lawn right.

In as little as one month, you'll see the dividends from paying more attention to your lawn. When you mow your lawn the right way, you can expect a greener lawn, reduced weeds and disease, reduced water, less time expended and better curb appeal.

Follow this process, and you'll see the difference in your lawn:

Increase height of cut to 3"-4". No lower than 3". Cutting grass shorter does not increase time between mows. It opens up the soil to more sun and allows weeds to grow. Remember, weeds grow faster than grass so you cut more anyway. Longer grass means better health, color, weed control and drought resistance.

Keep mower blades sharp: Dull blades shred tips and give overall white appearance to grass. Sharpen every 2-3 mows depending on turf size, makes a huge difference.

You'll want to fertilize four times per year. Apply fertilizer twice in Spring (April and May) and twice in Fall (September and November). This will help you control the weeds. Use 3-4 lbs of total Nitrogen/year.

Keep grass in the grass:  Direct cut grass back into the grass, not in mulch beds, tree rings or hard surfaces. Eliminates clean up time and ugly brown grass in mulch.

Mow first then weed eat when finished: Eliminates most weed eating and less areas where you weed eat to low.

Always cut in the direction where you make less turns: Turning takes extra time, and it can also tear the grass. 

Patterns are nice but increase time with smaller mowers: Mowers, smaller than 48", do not make wide enough patterns on one pass. You need two passes in the same direction to establish a nice pattern. Push mower needs 3 passes in the same direction, increases mow time.

Big or small mowers? Just judge the right situation: Use small mowers in small areas and big mowers in big, open areas. Using the wrong mower in the wrong spot wastes time, engine power, cutting width and turning damages grass. Use smaller mower to trim around trees so bigger mower can continue mowing fast. Using a big riding mower on a small front lawn not only wastes the power of the mower by starting and stopping a lot, but you will turn more, probably tearing more turf. You don't want to push mow an acre, but if that's the only mower you have, well you understand.

The last thing is to weed eat where necessary and edge your sidewalk edges weekly, to keep a nice sharp look. Do not skip this step, it makes all the difference.

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