What is Lawn Mowing?
Maintaining a rough lawn requires only occasional cutting with a suitable machine, or grazing by animals. Maintaining a smooth and closely cut lawn at your home, be it for aesthetic or practical reasons or because social pressure from neighbors and local municipal ordinances requires it, necessitates more organized and regular treatments. Usually once a week is adequate for maintaining a lawn in most climates. However, in the hot and rainy seasons of regions contained in hardiness zones greater than eight, lawns may need to be maintained up to two times a week.
Further In-Depth On Lawn Mowing
Summer lawn care requires raising the lawn mower for cool season grasses, and lowering it for warm season lawns. In order to remain green (to prevent dormancy), most grass lawns will require longer and more frequent watering, best done in early morning or evening to reduce evaporation. When grass is actively growing is also the time to apply an all-purpose fertilizer to help keep the turf green and build string roots.
In the autumn, thatch buildup that occurs in warm season grasses and it should be removed, although lawn experts are divided in their opinions on this. This is also a good time to add a sandy loam top dressing and apply a fertilizer containing some type of wetting agent. Cool season lawns can be planted in autumn if there is adequate rainfall.
Lawn care in the winter is minimal for most areas if your location doesn’t experience the ground freezing and snow, requiring only light feedings of organic material, such as green-waste compost, and minerals to encourage earthworms and beneficial microbes. The topic alone of organic materials for fertilizing lawns will be designated for a different and separate blog post of its own as it requires intricacies that’d be too much for this post.
Lawn Mowing Recommended Procedures
- Mowing regularly with a sharp blade at an even height
- Not mowing when the lawn is wet
- Removing no more than 30% of the plant tissue in any one cut
- Alternating the direction of cut from the previous mowing
- Scarifying/dethatching and sweeping/raking (to remove dead grass, leaves, and other debris, and to prevent tufting)
- Rolling, to encourage tilling (branching of grass plants) and to firm the ground (for sports use only)
- Top dressing with sand, soil or other material
- Aeration with a spike aerator or plug/core aerator (to relieve compaction of the soil and allow greater absorption of nutrients)
- Seeding to cover patchy areas and maintain thick turf