One of the side effects of having a healthy and thriving lawn is that the grass tends to grow pretty quickly. This is especially true in the spring, when temperatures are warming up and the weather is wet. Properly mowing the lawn in the spring keeps the grass healthy and resilient against common spring threats, like pests and lawn diseases. Here are a few tips to take your spring lawn mowing to the next level.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when mowing your lawn this spring is the mowing height. Mowing the lawn too short or too high causes a number of different problems. That’s why it’s essential to mow the lawn at the correct height. Getting the height right helps keep the lawn healthy and a healthy lawn is more resistant to weeds, diseases, and even pests.
So how do we determine the best height to mow your Pennsylvania lawn? This depends on the type of grass making up your lawn. As the grass grows, it increases the surface area of its leaves. This boosts its ability to create and store energy through photosynthesis. Making sure you leave the grass long enough to still produce enough energy but not long enough to become the perfect habitat for pests is the tricky part. For cool-season lawns, we recommend a mowing height of between 3.5 – 4 inches. For warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass and zoysiagrass, we recommend mowing your grass to between 2.5 and 3.5 inches. Due to our climate’s hot, humid summers, mowing your lawn to a height below those heights may cause harm to your lawn.
Here in Pennsylvania, we have cool-season grasses throughout the state. Spring happens to be the growing season for our cool-season grasses. That’s part of the reason why the grass grows so fast during this time of the year. Consistent spring lawn mowing helps prevent pests from making your tall grass their home. During the spring, mowing the lawn once per week should be enough to keep the grass growth under control. In the summer, when the grass growth slows down and water is more scarce, leave the grass a little longer than usual. This helps preserve water.
There is such a thing as mowing too much and the results are devastating if you do. Cutting too much of the blade of grass causes stress and damage to the entire plant. The shock of losing too much surface area makes it difficult for the grass to produce enough energy to recover, resulting in browning and grass death. This is called scalping the lawn.
Avoid lawn scalping by following the one-third rule. This rule simply reminds you to never cut more than one-third of the height of the grass. Following this rule helps you avoid stressing the lawn out during the growing season. Without any stress, the grass grows to its fullest potential this spring.
Keeping your tools maintained is an essential step in proper spring lawn care. With dull and dirty tools, you run the risk of damaging the lawn and spreading infections. Take care of your grass This spring, before the mowing and maintenance begins, have your lawn mower blades sharpened. A dull mower blade tears the grass instead of cutting it, creating a jagged rip and leaving the plant vulnerable to pests and diseases. Keep the blades clean too. Contaminated mower blades spread disease throughout the lawn, causing extensive stress and damage.
Spring lawn mowing is an essential step to maintaining a healthy lawn, but it’s not the only piece to the puzzle. Ensuring your lawn has all of the nutrients and protection it needs throughout the spring, summer, and fall keeps the grass green and healthy all year. With a lawn care program from Delaware Valley Turf, that’s exactly what you’ll get. Our perfectly-timed applications of fertilizer and pest control, your Pennsylvania lawn gets everything it needs to succeed this year.
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