Lawn Mowing Best Practices in Upstate NY

Freshly-cut lawn

Many people spend a lot of time mowing their lawns when the weather gets nice, as grass grows faster during the warmer months. But are you doing it right? At Grasshopper Gardens, we love seeing healthy lawns that last all season. Here are 5 lawn mowing tips to help keep your grass in good shape.

1. Maintain your lawnmower.

If your lawnmower blades get dull, you could tear your grass instead of cutting it. This leaves your lawn vulnerable to certain diseases and creates an unfinished appearance. It’s always a good idea to make sure your lawnmower blades have been sharpened before you cut your grass.

2. Switch up your mowing height.

Many people make the mistake of always cutting the grass to the same height, regardless of how long it’s gotten. Grass stays healthiest when you don’t remove more than 1/3 of its height at one time, so be sure to adjust the settings of your lawnmower so you don’t remove too much.

3. Alternate your mowing pattern.

Mowing your lawn in the same direction and path every time can cause damage to your grass in the long run. Alternating your mowing pattern each time you mow can help keep your lawn looking healthy and even.

4. Know when to mow.

When it comes to mowing your lawn, it’s important to time it right. The best time of day to mow the lawn is in the late afternoon or evening, as the sun isn’t beating down as harshly at that time.

Many people make the mistake of mowing early in the morning in order to avoid the sun and heat, but this is not the best time to cut your grass. For one thing, the neighbors might not be happy to be woken up to the sound of you mowing the lawn first thing in the morning.

For another, grass is usually wet with dew early in the day. You should never mow wet grass, whether the culprit is dew or a recent rainfall. Mowing the grass when it’s wet can give you an uneven cut and can even be dangerous, as it’s easier for the mower to slip on wet grass.

5. Call a professional.

The best way to ensure your lawn is mowed correctly is to trust a professional to do it for you. If you have a large yard or commercial area, it’s much easier to hire a landscaping company to handle the mowing.

At Grasshopper Gardens, we have the experience and equipment to get your large-scale lawn mowed in no time. Visit our contact page or call (518) 793-9623 today.