1 October, 2021
A weekend chore we either loath or love
SOMETIMES there’s always something better to do than spend a portion of our weekend mowing the lawn.
There’s those that are die-hard lawn fanatics who love mowing regularly, and those that just simply find the thought of having to mow the lawn all the time as a massive annoyance.
If conditions have been ideal, you might be cursing the dreaded growth rate of your lawn. During times of rain, combined with high humidity, you might also find that you have been unable to get out and mow for weeks, even if you wanted to.
If your lawn is growing rapidly, it is important that you get out there and get on top of it regularly. Just remember it’s only a short amount of time before it will slow down, and you can get back to the odd mow here and there when it needs it.
Why you should get into a regular mowing schedule:
● Consistent mowing heights allow for consistent nutrients within the grass, helping your lawn look the same throughout.
● Leaving your lawn too long can block out the sun from reaching the undergrowth and can lead to die off from below.
● Letting your lawn get too long actually ends up causing you to mow your lawn more often! When you do finally mow, you are taking off more of the leaf which will stress your lawn. Once the lawn gets quite long, don’t take more than a third of the leaf off at a time. You have to mow off a third, wait a few days and then mow again to get it back to the optimal height. So, sticking to the one third rule is extremely important in maintaining a healthy lawn.
● The mower may have difficulty cutting down the tall grass even with an increased blade height, so it will be a much more difficult task.
● A lawn that isn’t mowed regularly to the recommended height is often less healthy than a manicured lawn.
● A lawn full of weak grass is more susceptible to disease, pests and weeds.
● Mowing your lawn encourages lateral growth. It’s this lateral growth that helps your lawn become thicker.
By sticking to a regular mowing and lawn maintenance routine, your lawn will be healthier and be less likely to develop problems that will only cost you more time and money in the long run.