It’s that time of year to start thinking about getting your lawn great, and there’s no better way to get started than to learn how to do it first. These ten measures will get you well on your way to building the neighborhood’s greenest and most beautiful lawn. You and your lawn will be grateful to have adopted these safety tips for lawn care maintenance!
Decide whether you need sod or a seed?
If you have decided that you need a fresh start, the first question that comes to mind is whether you should start with Sod or Seed?
There are benefits and drawbacks to both. Using sod for your yard will easily provide you with a nice looking lawn. With sod, however, your options for various grass species can be reduced, and it can become costly.
On the other hand, seeding is more flexible, but on your side, it needs added work. It is essential to prepare the soil, seed it, and take care of it before it matures. That being said, when it comes to which species of grass you like, it’s cheaper, and you have more choices, allowing you to choose a grass more relevant to your watering & shade vs. sun needs.
Move the right way
- Maintain the mower blades sharp first off. It’s more of a rip or tear that hurts your lawn in the long run. Dull blades don’t cut the grass.
- Second, when it’s warm, don’t mow your grass. The grass doesn’t stand at its full height, and you’re going to get an uneven cut.
- Speaking of unevenness, ensure that each pass is overlapped by at least a few inches to ensure that you do not leave tall patches in the center of your yard.
- Finally, try as much as you can to vary the mowing pattern by mowing in various ways.
Choose the right mower.
Choose a mower right for the job, whether you are buying a mower or renting equipment. If there are less than 500 square feet of grass, consider a lawnmower reel. This still-relevant relic is less noisy than gas mowers and easier to use with cords that can be a hassle than electric mowers. A power mower is quicker for larger lawns, and its grass-catcher and mulching solutions can save clean-up time. If you have at least an acre of lawn to care for, do not bother with a riding mower.
Keep your mower in a well-maintained form.
Look for obstructions in the mower’s blade area before you begin mowing, particularly if the mower has just been purchased. If they feel tight, add a little oil to the moving parts. The blades may need to be sharpened if the mower is more than a year old, or your lawn may look ragged after you have mowed it. A little-known reality is that there are blades that are not especially sharp in new mowers. When the blade is sharpened until its first application, a new mower can work much better.
Clear your yard
For protection, before you begin lawn mowing, clear objects, and mark obstacles. Branches, loose stones, dog bones, small toys, bottles, cans, or other such items may be swept up using a rake. Any item lying on the ground can be propelled out of the discharge chute of the mower at great speed, hitting speeds of as much as 200 miles per hour. If there are low-lying objects, such as pipes, that can not be moved, mark their positions so that you do not inadvertently crash into them.
Adjust your wheel properly
Warm-season grasses, such as zoysia, can usually be cut to a height of 1/2 inch to 1 inch, or at most 2 inches. Cool-season grasses grow at the height of around 3 inches or even 3 1/2 inches, such as bluegrass and fescue. Typically, the cutting height can be changed by raising or lowering the wheels of a mower. To find latches or switches that allow you to change the height of the wheels, look at the side of your lawnmower. Modern mowers may have spring-loaded adjustment features that allow the height of all four wheels to be adjusted by a single lever.
These are some of the tips that can help you in mowing properly and enjoying a great and healthy lawn.