As a Catonsville, MD lawn mowing service, we field a lot of questions from customers about the best way to mow a lawn. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about lawn mowing, and come answers.
How Often Should I Mow my Lawn?
This is a tricky question, as most home-owners want to be able to mow their lawn on a set schedule, such as every Saturday, but the truth is a set schedule is not in the best interest of your lawn. In the spring, your lawn is growing so fast, especially here in Maryland, that you may need to mow your lawn every 5 or 6 days. The basic rule of thumb here is to mow your lawn when it needs it. You’re aiming to remove less than the top 1/3 of your grass, anything more will damage your lawn.
Can I Mow After a Rain?
While you can mow immediately following a rain, it is not recommended. This is because when your grass is wet, it has a tendency to slip away from the lawn mower’s blades and actually not get cut effectively. In addition, when you mow a soggy lawn you’re increasing the likelihood of digging up the lawn with your feet or the mower’s tires if you have a ride-on.
When is the Best Time to Mow?
Believe it or not, the best time to mow your lawn is going to be in the afternoon. This is because typically there will be dew on your grass in the early morning, and you want to avoid mowing your lawn when it is wet. In addition, it’s best not to mow during the hottest part of the day as your lawn will already be under stress, not to mention it’s safer for you to wait until it is cooler out.
Should I Collect Grass Clippings?
Grass clippings act as a natural fertilizer for your lawn; so when possible it’s a good idea to leave them on your lawn. That said, there are many instances where it makes sense to bag your clippings such as when your lawn is too tall, has a lot of weed, or has a disease. When grass is too long, leaving grass clippings will smother the under-lying grass. Those lawns with weeds and disease should have the clippings removed to prevent the further spread of weed seeds and disease.
How Tall Should I Mow my Grass?
This answer can vary widely depending on the variety of grass in your lawn. First, figure out what type of grass is in your lawn, and then go from there. Most Maryland homes will have some type of either fescue or bluegrass in their lawn. For tall fescue, it’s best to mow your lawn at least 3-4″ tall; the taller your lawn, the deeper its roots and the more resistant your lawn is to drought or weeds. In fact, a taller lawn has a much better change of totally drowning out weeds altogether.
How Often Should I Sharpen my Mower Blade?
A lawn mower’s blades should be kept quite sharp to encourage the best grass cutting possible and to avoid damaging the grass. We recommend having your mower blades sharpened at least once a year; but for some home-owners it could be even more frequent if you have a large lawn or if you are frequently hitting rocks or sticks.
Do you Offer One-Time Cuts?
Here at Vin’s Total Care, we do offer one-time grass cutting services. We understand the desire to cut your own lawn; it can be quite therapeutic. But if you’re heading out of town for a week or two, or you’re going through a fairly serious surgery; we’re here to help. Vin’s offers one-time Catonsville lawn mowing services to help you maintain your gorgeous, lawn.