Last updated on July 26th, 2020 at 12:36 pm
Regular lawn mowing and maintenance is required if you want a lawn that draws the praise and admiration of neighbors and passersby.
This will require you to either pay a yard maintenance company to come mow your lawn or if you don’t have the fees to spare, you can mow it yourself.
Going the DIY route however will require you to know a few things about lawn mowing if you’re going to do it right.
Mow your lawn the wrong way, and you might end up causing damage which leaves it susceptible to the elements and leaving it undesirable to you and everyone else.
So, if you want to mow your lawn by yourself but you have very little knowledge or experience on how to get it done the right way, then continue reading as we provide you some tips and answer some of the most important questions about lawn mowing.
Lawn mowing schedule – Timing and frequency
One of the first questions you need to answer before bringing out your lawn mower is, when should I mow my lawn?
Obviously, you can’t just mow the same lawn every day or you can’t just mow your lawn anytime you want.
Timing is very important when it comes to lawn mowing. As regards to seasons of the year, you can mow your lawn every season of the year from spring to autumn. But when it’s winter time, you’re going to have to leave it to hibernate. No more lawn mowing.
Just like every other plants in your garden, your lawn temporarily stops growing during the cold winter months.
So you need to suspend any attempts to mow it during those periods, and start again when spring approaches and it starts growing again.
You have to be very careful though and not hurry to mow your lawn as soon as spring starts. At that time, the grasses are still very tender, and you might end up damaging them.
Instead, wait until the temperatures outside are above the 10 degree mark and there’s no more frost on the plants. Then you can start mowing your lawn again.
Before winter though, you need to ensure you mow the lawn one last time before it rests through the winter months.
This should be done just after the first night of frost. If snow falls where you live, then you should mow your lawn a little bit shorter than usual to prevent it from getting squashed flat by the falling snow.
Also remember to collect the grass clippings after mowing the lawn to prevent them from freezing on top of the lawn.
Now that you know when you should mow your lawn, the next question is the frequency. How often should you mow your lawn?
Plants including your lawn grass grow faster in the spring, and thus your lawn will need more cutting during this growing season.
You should try to mow it once very week.
In the summer, the weather is hotter or warmer and your lawn grass will not grow as fast as in the spring time. Thus, you should cut it once every two weeks.
Cutting it more frequently than that will make it vulnerable and exposed to the hot summer heat, which might weaken and scorch it.
In the autumn, it will start raining again and your lawn will start growing faster, though not as fast as in spring. You should mow the lawn once every week just like in spring, but you should exercise discretion based on how often it rains and the temperature outside your home.
Don’t leave your lawn to overgrow, but if it inevitably does, you might need to mow it in two or more stages. Follow the instructions here for cutting an overgrown lawn.
Lawn cutting height: How high or how low should you cut your lawn?
Among other things, your lawn cutting height should be your concern if you want a lush, thick, green and healthy lawn.
Cut it too high and it might not look attractive or suitable for the kind of activities you plan to carry it on it. Cut it too low and you risk it getting scorched by the sawn and turning it brown.
Mainly, the cutting height of your lawn is usually based on two important factors.
First is the weather or climate of the area where you live. Second is the kind of activities you plan to carry out on the lawn.
If it rains frequently where you live and the weather is mild, then you can cut or mow your lawn grass as low as 2 cm in height because the lawn will definitely be growing pretty quickly.
On the other hand, if the weather is hotter and drier, then you should not cut it too low for fear of it being scorched by the saw.
Lawn mowing height based on level of activity
The type or level of activities you carry out or plan to carry out on your lawn is a major factor that should determine the cutting height.
If you plan on using your lawn as an outdoor room for entertaining friends and hosting barbecues, then it’s ideal to cut it a bit shorter than usual to make it comfortable for guests to work on and move around.
As a playing field for sporting activities such as football, cutting it to a medium height will look and feel just fine especially for someone who falls from playing on it.
You should cut it so that it’s short enough to allow kids to run freely on it, but also long enough to act as a light cushion should someone fall while playing on it.
How to mow areas of your lawn that are shady
Shady areas of your lawn do not receive enough sunlight as the sunny areas. Thus, it’s necessary to allow these shady areas to grow a bit longer before mowing it.
Mowing it too frequently can end up killing the grasses in that area as they don’t get much sunlight and absorb much energy as the areas exposed to direct sunlight.
How to mow a sloppy lawn
Mowing a lawn can be quite tricky if it’s on a slope, but a perfect cut can still be achieved. To mow a sloppy lawn, push or ride your lawn mower perpendicular to the gradient of the slope.
Doing this will ensure more even cutting of the grass, and will also ensure that you’re moving on the same level of the slope as your lawn mower.
You don’t want to be pushing or riding the lawnmower up or down the slope. If you’re using a push behind lawn mower, pushing it up the slope will result in you exacting more force and energy to push the mower upwards and might even cause an accident if the lawn mower were to fall backwards towards you.
Instead, mow perpendicular to it to stay at the same level as the mower and achieve a neat even cut of the grass.
Your mower affects your work
There are different types of lawn mowers, with each one varying in size, function, power source, capacity and ease of use.
The type of lawnmower you choose can affect a lot of things from the quality of the cut to the time it takes you to mow your lawn and even the amount of energy you expend while cutting the lawn.
If you know little about lawn mowers, then read our guide here to learn everything you need to know before choosing your first one.
How to achieve a beautiful and evenly cut lawn
Getting a beautiful and evenly cut lawn depends on two main factors which you can easily control. The first is the condition of your lawn mower blades.
Dull blades don’t cut of the grass cleanly. They frail the ends of the grass which weakens it and makes it turn brown quickly.
Ensure that your lawn mower blades are sharp and are in good condition before using it on your lawn.
The second factor that will affect the condition of your lawn after mowing it is the way you control the lawn mower.
You don’t want to be mowing in zig-zag patterns. Instead, mow along a straight line with one tire of the mower overlapping the uncut side of the lawn
This will create a beautiful and evenly cut lawn that will look pleasing to anyone that sees it.
As we mentioned earlier, lawn mowing can be quite tricky for someone who’s not done it before, but with knowledge and practice, anyone can turn a rough looking lawn into a beautiful one.