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Spring Lawn Care Step By Step
Unfortunately for maintenance purposes, grass grows almost every day except for when snow and ice decide to dogpile on top in January and February). It grows as consistently as most anything else, which means it needs to be properly cared for. Fortunately, you don’t have to mow it all yourself this spring–if you don’t want to. Do you have a commercial business or large property with a lawn that needs regular maintenance? Do you wonder how often should you mow your lawn? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
So, what should you really do to maintain a healthy lawn, and how often should you mow it?
When should I start mowing my grass?
You can mow bad grass all you want, but simply cutting off the bad brown-and-yellow blades won’t likely lead to any improvement. So before we can answer the “how often should I mow” question, we must answer the “what state does my grass need to be in” so you can have it mowed properly.
Ideally, when it is healthy, grass should reach around 3 inches. After that, when it is time to mow, around one-third of existing blades should be chopped, bringing the grass back down to roughly 2 inches. However, that is only the surface. The root systems-like most plants-determine the true health and longevity of a lawn. In the midwest, springtime is ideal for a tune up, whether the grass is in great or horrible shape.
When is the Best Time to Water My Lawn?
Morning is the best time to shower your lawn with moisture. This is especially important as the weeks grow closer to hot summer months, because watering at mid day will evaporate and waste much of the water before the plants really have time to absorb it. Initial moisture though, will also allow other things to grow in your yard.
Weeds, Dandelions And Invasive Plant Species
These are some of the most harmful unwanted predators to your lawn. To keep it that way, you can’t rely on your neighbor’s son to pick the weeds, especially at a professional business space. That is where many lawn care professionals go to the lab to craft proper seed and fertilizers. The pros understand exactly what you need to put down to ensure the green grass beats out the wicked weeds (yes, we know you may have just gotten visuals of an epic battle of turf the size of Honey I Shrunk the Kids).
If you are serious about leaving your lawn looking like a pristine baseball field and not a redneck prairie, you will also have to consider the eco-friendliness of the seed (and possibly harsh chemicals involved). Depending on how many-and how young-the people using the said space, you should definitely understand how the products used impact the greater health of everyone around the lawn. This won’t always be a major concern, but is still something to consider!
How to Maintain Your Lawn
So Your Lawn And Grass Is Healthy And Strong. To make sure you don’t start from square zero every spring, here is how you should properly oversee the maintenance of mowing and other measures. It’s fairly simple, and doesn’t take nearly as much time to keep track of. When spring comes you need to make sure everything is cleared, like branches and twigs, or leaves that were never raked. If there was heavy snowfall during the winter, once the snow is gone there will likely be some stuff to clear.
If you want to make an obvious change to the health of your grass, or you have to make a change because there’s little grass to begin with, you may want to consider getting your soil tested. If you are operating a commercial plot you would definitely want the job done from a professional. This will help get grass healthy quickly, using all the features we talked about before. While mowing, you want the ride mower blades to be even and sharp (regardless of the size of the mower). Although it can be costly, especially if your mower is absolutely toast and you need a new one, the price is worth the outcome. Janky blades of grass look terrible, and even worse if the height is off. Your provider likely has this down!
How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn?
Is It Okay To Mow Every Two Weeks? For frequency, mowing every week to week and a half depending on fast growing or cold seasons can get the job done. If there is some extra heavy rain, you may want to get it mowed a little faster, but then get back to the routine. All that said, it may take a few seasons, or years, to really feel out your preference over the plot/lawn.
Can You Mow Grass too Often?
Please also remember the height rule. Cutting ⅓ of the lawn height down every mowing is optimal for the grass’s health. If you want to cut more, usually you should get it to grow a little higher-but don’t blow it out of proportion. Cutting 3 inches off 10 inch high grass is too far. You can mow your grass too often! Now, using less of the fertilizer that got the grass where it is now, stay consistent throughout the season. Every week, just like mowing, stay on top of the distribution across the lawn–until winter comes and freezes it down. In addition, while picking out supplements for your lawn, you may be tempted to try out the fastest working option. This will help initially, but for consistency and overall health, pick a slower more effective product.
How Often Should You Mow Grass in the Summer?
How often should you mow in the summer? Probably 50% more, but you have to feel it out. We’ll cover this in another blog.
Epsom Salts for Growing your Lawn
Although you probably see these salts used in a salon, a body soak, or some home remedy, this isn’t as crazy as it sounds. You probably won’t hear of it very often, but various salts and similar ingredients are actually a common usage in fertilizers and lawn sprays. Epsom salts are just a late arrival to the party.
How are they actually used on a lawn though? Recommended use is spraying or spreading around a property once a month to increase size and strength of grass blades (and the roots below). Although this probably isn’t a viable usage for commercial plots of grass yet, using epsom salts in the future may have huge benefits… especially for spotty areas that could use a lift. On top of that, it is natural, which means an eco-friendly boost-leaving kids and pets free to play unharmed.
And There You Have It! All the basic steps to having a perfect lawn and how often you should mow it. Only thing left to decide for your business is who is going to get the mowing done. Need a lawn regularly maintained in the Columbus area? Here are the steps to get the process started with Landscape Management Group:
Get Started with Landscape Management Group
Step 1: Introduction
We have a brief conversation over the phone to understand the bullet points of what you are looking to accomplish with your lawn. We end by scheduling a consultation with one of our professionals.
Step 2: Consultation
We refine the vision upkeep while keeping options and your budget in mind. While mowing and lawn upkeep is less flexible than regular projects, there are still things-like fertilizer and sprays-which can be moveable. We will provide more examples of similar maintenance and images to most everything we discuss, of what your budget should be; and most often, we will take the next steps to schedule and sign a contract.
Step 3: Game time!
You accept and we get you on the schedule (very simply & effectively!).
Your mowing is set up for you to view including the day mowing occurs and anything else you requested.
From The Original Consultation All The Way To The Finished Project, We Truly Don’t Miss A Beat!
You better believe our competitors are trying to catch up on how we do things. That is why we strive to be the best.
From top to bottom, we are very proud to be an industry leader and provide a service that will leave smiles for years to come. Contactthe professionals at Landscape Management Group if you’re ready to get serious about your lawn care. 🙂