Mowing Your Lawn: Dos And Don'ts For Beginners

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When you become a homeowner, one potentially new responsibility that you'll have is that of caring for a lawn. Specifically, you'll need to make sure your lawn stays mowed, seeded, fertilized, and otherwise cared for. In some municipalities, you could actually be fined if you let your grass grow too long! If you're new to having a lawn to care for, there are some basic dos and don'ts that you should keep in mind when it comes to mowing. 

DO Recycle Your Glass Clippings

Don't waste those clippings produced by your lawn mower. If your mower comes with a bag that clippings are kept in as you mow, consider dumping some of those clippings onto areas where your grass is wilting or browning. These clippings contain valuable nutrients that can help make your lawn healthier. Plus, some city trash services won't even pick up grass clippings anymore.

DON'T Cut Grass When It's Wet

If it's recently rained or if your grass has a large amount of dew on it, try to avoid cutting it until some of the moisture has had a chance to evaporate off. When you cut wet grass, the clippings tend to clump up. These large clumps of clippings left on your lawn could smother your healthy grass and cause dead spots.

DO Keep Your Mower Blades Sharp

Depending on the type of mower you own, you'll probably need to sharpen your blades from time to time. Sharp blades are key to a healthy lawn. When you cut your lawn with dull mower blades, the grass has a tendency to tear and rip, which can rob the brass blades of the moisture and nutrients they need to stay healthy and grow. If you're not comfortable sharpening your own mower blades, consider checking with your local home improvement or hardware store; they may offer this service for a nominal fee.

DON'T Cut Your Lawn Too Short

Some homeowners will make the mistake of cutting their grass too short, thinking that doing so will help extend the time in between mowings. Unfortunately. cutting your grass too short can be very damaging to your lawn. Generally, for the best grass health, you should cut your lawn on one of the highest settings available on your lawn mower. This is especially important during times of drought, as your grass needs to have some length to it in order to absorb and retain moisture.

For further assistance, contact a local lawn service, such as Valley Green Companies.

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