Below are the three basics of lawn care that I believe if you are a beginner, will help you get started:
Mowing your lawn is of course the foundation of proper lawn care, but before you take off with your lawn mower, here are a few tips to follow:
- Mow your grass high
- I was guilty of cutting my grass too short as a beginner because I always thought “Hey, I won’t have to cut it again as soon!” This type of mowing harmed my grass though, and did not let it reach its full potential.
- When you mow your grass too short, it can make it turn brown because it reduces the plant’s vitality, while also increasing its need for nutrients and water.
- A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than 1/3 of the length of your grass when you mow. Try to leave your grass between 2 and 4 inches high.
- Mowing your grass higher will mean you need to cut it more often, but it will be healthier
If you can, try and mow your lawn in a different direction each time. Your grass will start to “lean” towards the direction of your cutting if your pattern is the same each time. Varying your direction will result in a better looking lawn
Sharp Mower Blade
Keep your lawn mower blade sharp! A dull mower blade will tear and bruise the grass, leaving it susceptible to pests and other diseases
Mulch Your Grass Clipping
- Do not bag your lawn grass clippings
- I suggest using a mulching mower blade and just leaving them lay
- The grass mulch acts as a great organic fertilizer that will help delivery nutrients to your grass while also helping to maintain soil moisture
- Read more about mulching your grass here
Fertilizers provide your grass with the extra nutrients that it needs to remain strong and healthy during it’s growing season.
Benefits of fertilizer:
- Helps develop strong roots, and thicker “turf like” grass
- Certain types of fertilizer offer a “weed and feed” combination which feeds your lawn while also killing weeds
- Keeps your lawn looking green and healthy
- Find out more about lawn fertilizers from Lowes.
It is best practice to ensure that your lawn is getting at least 1-2 inches of water a week. If mother nature is not supplying the water, then you may need to look into a sprinkler system, or a good old fashioned garden hose depending on your lot size. To keep track of the rain level, you can use a rain gauge to determine whether or not you need to water.
I hope that this article helped to provide some information to get you started if you are a lawn care beginner. You might not get a perfect lawn overnight, but with some hard work you can have the best looking lawn on the block!