Mowing lawns is a vital aspect of lawn care that goes beyond just keeping your lawn looking pretty. Proper mowing contributed to the health and vitality of the grass.
Proper mowing involves cutting the grass blades to a consistent height, allowing for better light penetration, and encouraging thick, lush growth. Additionally, it prevents weeds from taking over and ensures an even, well-manicured appearance.
In addition to mowing, trimming and edging are two essential tasks to finish the look for a polished and pristine lawn.
1. Trimming involves using a string trimmer or edger to reach areas that the mower can’t easily access, such as around trees, fences, and landscaping features. This creates clean lines and prevents the growth of tall, unsightly grass in these hard-to-reach places.
2. Edging, on the other hand, delineates the boundary between the lawn and other surfaces, like walkways and driveways. This task offers a neat and organized look, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the property.
For residents of the Northeast USA, like Maine and New Hampshire where Boulay Landscaping is available, our climate variations occur distinctly across the four seasons. Establishing a mowing schedule is essential.
In the spring, it’s recommended to wait until the grass reaches around 3 inches in height before the first mow. Subsequent mowing sessions can be scheduled every 7-10 days during the rapid growth period, reducing frequency as summer progresses.
In the summer, mowing every 10-14 days, adjusting for rainfall and heat, helps the lawn maintain a proper height and encourages drought resistance.
Come fall, the mowing frequency can be increased again, as growth picks up before winter. However, it’s advisable to gradually lower the cutting height in the final few mows of the season. This minimizes the risk of snow mold and disease development during the winter months.
Generally, the ideal cutting height for most cool-season grasses in the Northeast USA is around 2.5 to 3.5 inches.
At Boulay, we know when mowing, adhering to the “one-third rule” is crucial. You never want to remove more than one-third of the grass height in a single mow, as this can stress the grass and hamper root growth. Alternating mowing patterns between each session also prevents soil compaction and ensures an even cut.
Mowing, trimming, and edging are integral components of lawn maintenance that contribute to both the beauty and health of a lawn. By engaging Boulay Landscaping’s mowing services, homeowners and property owners can enjoy a lush, well-groomed lawn that enhances their outdoor spaces.
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