After mowing your lawn all summer long, it’s bound to happen every once in a while; you finish mowing your lawn only to look back at your handiwork and see clumps of grass scattered about.
In small amounts it won’t do damage, but it doesn’t look very nice and can be a nuisance. But the worst-case scenario is that these large clumps of grass can have a hard time decomposing. Instead, they rot causing problems for the lawn beneath it. Are clumps of grass avoidable? Absolutely! Keep reading for three simple tips to prevent grass clumps and do a better job taking care of your lawn.
Step One: Don’t Mow A Wet Lawn
This is probably the best way to avoid getting grass clumps all over your lawn; never mow when the grass is wet. When there is moisture the clippings will stick to the lawn mower blades and deck making clogs inevitable. This of course leads to large clumps of grass all over the lawn. These clumps may even get stuck in the lawn mower, leaving you no choice but to work out the clogs yourself. Not only is it dangerous to be unclogging the machine every few passes, but the wet lawn can leave you susceptible to slipping. Remember, never reach into your lawn mower unless it is powered down!
Step Two: Mow More Often
Mowing your lawn when it is extra-long is a surefire way to get nice, big clumps of grass across the lawn. Cutting too much grass at once is often too many clippings for a lawn mower to handle, no matter how good of a machine it is. So instead, mow more often! Avoid letting the lawn grow too much between mowing.
Alternately, you can also raise the deck on your lawn mower so that you aren’t taking as much off. If your lawn is too long, you can avoid creating clumps by taking a little off at a time. Use the one-third rule; never remove more than one-third of the length of the blade at any given time. If your lawn is much too long, take off one- third, wait a few days and then proceed to cut more until you get to the desired length.
Step Three: Sharpen Your Blades
Sharpening lawn mower blades is a step easily forgotten by many homeowners. It is a small amount of effort that will have a big payoff on the health and aesthetics of your lawn. Sharp blades mean a cleaner cut; this in turn means a healthier lawn! If your blades are too dull they may not be up to the task of cutting the lawn, and this can result in clumps of grass.
Keep in mind that mulching and grass clumps are very different. Grass clumps will block out sunlight and rot, harming your lawn underneath. Mulching, or leaving grass clippings spread evenly across the lawn, is a great way to naturally fertilize your lawn and give back nutrients.
If your lawn is in extra need of fertilizer or a boost of any kind, contact All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care to achieve that healthy, lush, green lawn all summer long!