Keeping your lawn looking beautiful doesn’t have to be a chore. Lawn care is something many people enjoy doing. People are happy to spend the extra money to maintain their lawn, especially when they see its beautiful effect.
However, some people are unaware of the importance of regularly maintaining their lawns. If yours isn’t in tip-top shape, then you may want to consider a few lawn mowing tips to get you started.
1. Choose The Right Mower
The first thing you have to consider is the mower itself. It should have the proper cutting edge so you’ll be able to reach your target grass and not miss any parts. In addition, it should be efficient so that it’ll cut the grass evenly.
Here are important considerations when choosing the right mower:
- Motor: Some lawnmowers have an electric motor. You might want to go with this option so you’ll have more convenience.
- Size: The size of your lawnmower is critical. Yard Smart explains that you need to think about how much time you have to spend on the yard and what kind you have. For a small area, you would need only a smaller mower. However, if your lawn is extremely large, you might need to upgrade your gear. You should always use the right equipment to cut your lawn.
- Power Source: One important thing you have to consider when looking for a lawnmower is the power source since they don’t all work with the same kind. Check the manual for the mower before using it to determine if it has the right power.
- Features: One important feature of these mowers is that they’ll also have an automatic release mechanism so you won’t have to do anything manually. However, it would still be better if you choose one with a belt instead of the electric motor, so you’ll be able to use the mower more efficiently.
2. Prepare And Wear Protective Gear
Wear appropriate protective gloves when you mow the lawn, especially if you have very sensitive skin. You will also want to wear a face mask if you have respiratory problems. The mowing blades are sharp, and debris can easily damage your face if you’re not careful.
You also want to make sure that you have all the tools you will need to complete the lawn mowing process. Prepare everything beforehand and make sure each item works well.
3. Choose The Right Mowing Products
Lawn care is incomplete without using the right mowing products. There are several types of lawn care products you can buy and use to ensure that you mow the lawn properly and safely.
Here are some tips when choosing the right mowing products:
- Check For Availability: You don’t have to purchase expensive ones. Take advantage of readily- available lawn care products at your local supermarket. There are also some useful products you can find online.
- Check The Blades: There are grass blades and mowers that will cut the grass as well as weeds in the lawn. Some rakes are used for trimming the grass in specific areas. But if you have too many weeds and it would be difficult to trim them all, then a weed whacker is what you should choose.
- Check Out Mow Accessories: Make sure you’ll pay attention to other accessories that come with the mower. These are things that will help you maintain and care for your lawn.
- Connect Mower To A Trailer: It’ll be more convenient if you can connect your mower to a trailer. For example, you can use the trailer to move it around the yard so you can easily get to it whenever it’s time to mow your lawn.
4. Use The Push Mower Properly
You will find that lawnmowers come in two different styles: a push mower and a tractor. If you use a push mower, you will want to use your left hand and use the mower’s handle to move it along the lawn. This will ensure that the grass gets cut in a uniformed pattern.
If you’re using a tractor to mow your lawn, you should also use the tractor handle to pull the lawnmower. Once you have pulled the mower over the lawn, you can start the rotary mower and begin cutting your grass. However, you should keep your left hand off the lawn while you do this process. Instead, use the mower and mow downward until you reach the grass base before lifting it back up.
5. Use A Good Mulching System
You will also want to use a sound mulching system on your lawn. You can use this to keep debris from building up. Make sure to mulch after every single mowing.
6. Consider Mowing Time
Mowing time can vary, depending on the size of your yard. Once you’ve finished, you may want to space out your next mowing time to make sure the grass is growing properly. If you do it too often, it could affect the quality of your grass.
7. Ensure Your Lawn Is Mowed Correctly
To ensure that your lawn is mowed correctly, you have to keep it mowed long enough so that it’s even, and the grass can grow evenly. The lawn blades should be adjusted to the direction that the grass will be growing so they won’t make the lawn uneven. As you mow your lawn, be careful not to over-mow it, too.
After your mowing is done, it’s recommended to fertilize your lawn once a week. Another recommendation is to water the grass frequently so it doesn’t wither or die. The fertilizer should also be applied just before it rains.
Being consistent with mowing your lawn and taking care of the grass, in general, will produce a healthy lawn. For appearances, it will also look better; expect to get compliments because no one likes to see a lawn that’s in such a bad condition. They might even say that the homeowner’s disposition could be reflected in the way they keep their lawn. With regular upkeep, you can have a beautiful-looking lawn that will add to the beauty of your home and help you feel more comfortable around.
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980. Over the last 26 years she has practised landscape architecture and garden design, running her own business in Devon.
During the 1990s, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as Design Director, where she is still a shareholder but also runs her own practice in Hampshire.
Sarah has an esteemed record in RHS shows, having won eight Gold medals, Best in Show and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at Tatton Park and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.