Mowing Tips

July 15, 2014
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Lawn Mowing Tips

Ever wonder how to get the best looking grass? Follow these tips and you should have the greenest lawn on the block!

1. Mow frequently with sharp blades

Mowing more often will force the grass to grow thick and keep most weeds out.  If your mower blade is dull it will tear the grass instead of cut it.  This can lead to stress and fungus.

2. Raise your mower

Mowing at the highest setting is recommended.  Mowing short will make the grass grow faster, and will require much more care. You should never cut more then 1/3 of the grass height at a time.  Cutting short or more then 1/3 can cause a lighter green, tan appearance or scalping. Check out what the Nebraska Turf Grass Association at UNL Field Day says about cutting tall.

3. Never mow wet grass

Sometimes this is hard to avoid but if at all possible don’t mow wet grass. This could cause tearing of the grass blades and soil compaction.

4. Mulch the clippings

Grass clippings are beneficial to your lawn because they recycle the fertilizer you have already applied to your yard, and its nutrients act as a natural fertilizer. Grass clippings can supply about 30% of the nitrogen your lawn needs to stay healthy and green.

5. Water deeply and infrequently

Many in-ground irrigation systems are simply turned on during spring and forgotten until they are shut down in fall. While many controllers can accommodate rainout switches to suspend irrigation following rain, it is still too common to see irrigation systems watering the morning after a significant rainfall event. Watering 1-2 times per week should be enough.

6. Don’t water at night

The best time to water a lawn is in the early morning.  Any time after 3 am and before 10 am is a good practice to get into. If you water in the evening the grass will be wet all night and prolonged moisture invites disease.  Watering in the afternoon is not recommended because you will lose water to evaporation.

7. Fertilize

Omaha Organics always recommends a soil test to see exactly what your yard needs.  A balanced fertilizer, applied properly throughout the year, will give your yard the nutrients it needs. Over fertilizing can cause a variety of different problems that only cost more to fix. We can apply or sell you any of our products.

For more lawn mowing tips please visit http://turf.unl.edu/

 

 

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