Mowing your lawn has a bunch of benefits. Trimming your lawn regularly results in a healthier and grassy lawn. Proper trimming can also prevent almost every infestation. Your lawn will also be able to recuperate faster from several diseases and extreme weather conditions.
The desired height you want for grass in your lawn and the rate at which your grass grows will determine how much your lawn needs to be mowed. Normally the lawn should be mowed weekly but some lawns need cutting more often. Then there are some lawns which grow very slowly and would need mowing once every ten days to 2 weeks. The rule is never to cut more than one-third of the grass blade as more than that can harm the grass. The most crucial thing to maintaining a lush lawn is to keep the grass at a perfect height and also make sure you don’t snip too much at a time.
Mowing in summer
Let your grass grow tall during summer. According to HomeGardenGuides.com Taller grass gives more shade to the root system of the grass keeping it cooler during summer. Taller blades also result in deeper and stronger roots and deeper grass absorbs more water. So let your grass grow out a bit during summer.
Never remove 1/3 of the height of your grass at one time
During summer never mow your grass in the scorching sun. Trim your lawn in the evening so that the grass blades get some time to recover before being whacked by the blistering heat of the sun. During summer, mow your lawn once every one to two weeks. But if it rains then the grass will grow faster and will need to be mowed even twice a week. But if there is no rain then you can alter your cutting schedule and make it more relaxed.
Mowing in winter
The grass grows very slowly during winters especially when the temperature falls to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. During winter grass grows very slowly and does not require mowing every week. Trim your lawn every 3 to 4 weeks. During winter the part of the blade which is just above the ground is more vulnerable to the cold weather than the roots so make sure you leave enough blade protection.
How often in spring?
Spring is the time for new growth. So for that tidy and clean look, you can mow your lawn once a week. If you get more rain you may need to mow twice a week also. Let your lawn develop strong and healthy roots and do not mow your lawn until your grass is 2 inches tall and also follow the 1/3 rule so that the grass gets some time to grow. But always mow your lawn according to its growth. If you get your lawn growing quickly by adding lots of fertilizer or water or rain then you need to mow more often. The faster grass grows the more mowing you have to do.
What about when there is a drought?
During a drought, the grass should be left out to grow. Do not mow your lawn as this can overstress your grass. It will also be difficult for the grass to recuperate after mowing. You can mow the lawn after watering it. But always wait till the lawn is a little dry before you start mowing.
What hour of the day can I start mowing?
You need to adjust your mowing schedule to your local situation. But mid-morning between 8 a.m.to 10 a.m. is considered the ideal time to start moving before the sun gets really bright and scorches the grass. This is the time when the morning due and watering has dried up. The grass is also standing tall giving you a perfect trim. It is an extremely bad idea to start mowing your lawn in the afternoon between 12 p.m.to 2 p.m. when the sun is the strongest. It is not good for you, your mower, and your grass also. Your grass is stressed due to the blistering heat of the sun. Your lawnmower may get heated up and you also may not enjoy the activity. You can also mow your lawn in the late afternoon between 4 to 6 p.m. Temperature drops so there is less stress for you and your grass. Your grass will also have time to convalesce till nightfall.
How late is too late?
Mowing your lawn is essential because letting your grass grow tall means inviting a lot of trouble. Not only is it difficult to mow tall grass but your garden will also look unappealing. You should try to limit your mowing to times when everybody is awake. This can help reduce conflicts with your neighbors. Try not to mow beyond 8 p.m.as your neighbors might be preparing for bed and the annoying sound of the lawnmower could be frustrating. So never mow your lawn at odd hours. The general time frame should be between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Can I mow the grass when it is wet?
It is not recommended to mow your grass when it is wet due to several reasons:1. Wet grass is sticky and can stick to your mower and choke the motor also.2. Damp grass tends to bend over so your lawn mower might miss or will only cut the taller blades of the grass. After the grass dries up and stands back up, there will be an uneven cut. The results won’t be perfect. So it is better to wait until the lawn is dry again.3. The clippings will also clump and not spread evenly, making the garden look patchy.4. The chlorophyll in the grass will just get everywhere and stain your clothes and everything it will touch.5. For safety reasons do not use an electric lawnmower when the lawn is wet.
How thick should I leave my lawn?
As a rule, always cut 1/3 of the height of your grass in one cutting. If your grass has grown too long don’t try to cut it off at one time. Only mow 1/3 in a single cutting and let the grass recover for a few days before cutting off another 1/3rd. Cutting short can be just as harmful as letting it grow too tall.
Does mowing the lawn help it grow?
The rate at which the grass grows depends upon a lot of factors- season, sunlight, watering habits, type of grass, fertilizers, and of course mowing. Mowing should always be done according to the needs of the grass and your grass type. Every grass has its preferred mowing height.
When the grass is cut too short it uses its food reserves which in time can strain the grass making it thin. The grass, when cutting very short, tries to replenish its shoots by growing back very quickly. But this has a disadvantage, this fast growth saps the roots and makes them susceptible to heat, drought, cold, and diseases.
Also, the grass becomes less capable of producing food and taking in water, both of which are paramount for the growth and good health of the grass. If you mow your lawn at the right height, the roots keep growing and the grass also flourishes.
Mowing helps the grass to grow thicker because the tips of the blades of the grass have hormones that prevent the grass from growing horizontally. So when you trim the tips of the grass you allow your grass to spread and grow thicker near the roots. What affects the health of your grass and fosters its growth is how often you trim and how much you cut it.