In March, we provided some tips for early spring that will help you have a lush, green summer lawn. One of the important things to do for your lawn is wait for it to thaw before diving in. Now that it is officially spring and colder temps seem to be to be a thing of the past, it’s time to get to work!
The first time you mow your lawn for the season is an important chore that will set you up for success for the reason of the summer. Mowing your lawn is like pruning trees or bushes; it will increase the density of your lawn and help decrease weeds. So what exactly should you do? We’re here to help! Here are some tips and tricks to know before your first lawn mow of the season.
The length of your grass is very important, and should be one for the major indicators when deciding the right time to being mowing. Ideally, after the long winter months, you should wait until your lawn reaches two inches tall before mowing. Waiting until the grass is two inches tall will help you to avoid injuring your grass by cutting it too short, and also decreasing likelihood of disease.
As a rule, you never want to remove more than 1/3 of the grass leaf with each cutting. Removing more than 1/3 will shock the grass, cause it to dry out and lead to browning and weed growth.
Another important tip to remember as you begin mowing your lawn again is to avoid mowing in the same direction each time. Doing so will cause your lawn will develop ruts, or mowing lines. You don’t want to have your lawn mower wheels rolling over the same blades week after week. Try mowing your lawn in horizontal rows the first week, vertical rows the second, diagonally up to the left the third week and then diagonally up to the right the last week.
I’m sure we’ve all been there; we get impatient and try to mow the lawn and the wet grass just clogs your mower. Not only does it waste time, it’s bad for your lawn. Wet blades of grass will be pushed over instead of cut cleanly. It is best to mow your lawn when it is dry. The ground can be moist, but the blades should not be wet.
This is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn to give it some extra nutrients. You’ll promote root health and give your lawn a boost to grow well all summer. Note that you’ll want to fertilize between February and April as your lawn is “waking up.” Your lawn will start growing more intensely from May to June, so you can fertilize then as well for even more nourishment. If you’re unsure about how to fertilize, give the professionals at All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care a call. They will be able to determine the correct fertilizer for your lawn conditions and have other tips to help you grow the best lawn on the block!