Do you have a riding lawn mower in your shed that you look forward to using each summer? Maybe you love gassing up your push mower so you can create a lawn that's the envy of the neighborhood. Cutting the grass and otherwise caring for your lawn is rewarding and a great way to get some exercise in the summer months. But do you know how often to cut your grass? Do you know how to care for grass that's turning brown and dry from lack of rain? If not, I have some tips for lawn care that you'll find very helpful this summer.
How Often Should I Cut My Grass?
How often you cut your grass depends on the type of grass growing in your yard. Each type of grass has an ideal height. The ideal height for Kentucky Bluegrass is 1 ¾ to 2 ½ inches tall. Meanwhile, the ideal height for centipede grass is 1 to 2 inches tall. Once you know the type of grass you have, you can monitor its height to keep it trimmed and healthy.
Pay Attention to the Rainfall
Have you ever noticed that after a lot of rainfall, your grass seems to leap up to new heights? I can almost hear my grass growing! The amount of water your lawn receives will affect how often you mow. For instance, if you have an especially rainy spring, your grass may grow past its ideal height on a regular basis. This could mean you need to mow a few times a week.
Is There a Problem With Letting Grass Grow Tall Before Cutting It?
Yes. When you let your lawn grow wild, the lower part of the grass blades lives in the shade. When you cut the lawn, it exposes this sensitive lower area of the grass, and your grass can go into shock from the sudden exposure to heat and sun.
Caring for Dry, Brown Grass
It can be necessary to cut your lawn even if you're having a drought. The grass will go dormant if the drought lasts long enough, though. As long as municipal rules allow it, make sure to water your lawn one or two times a week, allowing it to absorb about an inch of water. The water will help to deepen the roots of the grass so they will be protected from the harsh conditions of the drought. If you take steps to care for your lawn during a drought, it can come back stronger than ever!
More Valuable Tips for Cutting Your Grass
- Mow early in the morning or in the evening. Your grass can become stressed if you cut it in the hot afternoon hours.
- Set your lawn mower to trim the top third of the grass plant. This leads to stronger roots.
- Make sure that the blades of your lawn mower are nice and sharp. Dull mower blades can tear at the tissue of the grass, making it more vulnerable to disease.
- Change the direction of your mowing each time you do the job. This prevents the compaction of your grass.
Bear these tips in mind when you mow your lawn this summer to keep your grass happy! Thanks for reading. - Alan