We are sure your lawn plays an important part in your summer entertainment and relaxation, so keeping it lush is a must. Therefore it’s important to get the first grass mowing of the year just right to set it up for summer use.
- Before your first cut its important to take the time to clean your lawn from debris like leafes, sticks, rubbish, stones. Doing just that will help to keep your lawnmower damage free.
- Make sure the lawnmower blades are sharp to avoid uneven and torn blades.
- We recommend to cut your grass for the first time in the first two weeks of April, but of course, this will depend on the climate and the type of the greens you have. Always keep in mind the 1/3 rule and not cut more than that from the blade top to avoid stressing the grass and avoid diseases and weed infestation.
- Keep in mind the edges when you are grass mowing. Overgrown edges look unattractive.
- Do not water your lawn immediately after grass mowing. Watering it in the evening or late night can lead to problems as the grass does not have time to dry out so it’s not the best idea. Also watering it in the middle of the day when the sun is hot will lead to water evaporating instantly and the remaining water burning the blades as they act as a magnifying glass and get hot. Mornings are the best time to water as the air is still cool and the water will not dry up while traveling to the roots.
- Do not cut the grass after rain. It will only clog the lawnmower and the blades will not have a clean cut as will stick together and push each other. Because wet grass is slippery. Mowing your lawn early in the morning when the grass is covered in dew will have the same result.
- If you decide to plant new grass over the old one, its best to wait for it to grow at least 3 inches tall before mowing it to avoid damaging the newly grown grass.
- If you have shaded areas on your lawn be sure you cut the grass higher than the grass in direct sunlight, allowing the grass in the shaded area to absorb more sunlight. These areas require shade tolerant grasses most of the time because of the lack of the sun. We here in the south use St Augustine in the shaded areas, but for the northern states tall fescue is usually the one used.
- Make sure you have the right tools that fit the dimension of your lawn. If you use a battery powered grass mower be sure you have an extra battery charged if you have a big lawn and that the blades of your mower are sharp enough. Dull blades will only rip the grass blades instead of cutting it, leaving it open to fungus