5 mowing tips that will get your lawn in shape
April 20, 2016, 12:46:55 PM EDT
A beautiful lawn is never an accident. And among all of the strategies for grass care that make a lawn look its best, mowing properly is one of the most important. Keeping your lawn a cut above the rest is really very simple. Just remember these basic rules, and you’ll be well on your way to having a picture-perfect lawn.
Tip #1: “Grasscycling” helps fertilize your lawn
“Should I catch my clippings when I mow?” No! It’s almost never a good idea to collect clippings from your lawn for several good reasons. Clippings return a lot of nutrients to the lawn and help with fertilizing. They do not add to thatch, and there’s no more room for them in landfills anyway.
Clippings “recycle” as much as 15% of all the food value of the lawn fertilizer applied. This means a lawn that “grasscycles” can be greener and better fed than one where clippings are removed. And because clippings have such high water content, they break down quickly and return both mositure and lawn fertilizing nutrients to the soil fast. Letting your clippings lie will tap into the natural cycle of nature, and save you time and effort during routine lawn fertilization.
Tip #2: Make Sure You’re Controlling Thatch Build-Up\
Thatch is the layer of living and dead roots and stems that form on top of the soil. A small amount of thatch is a good thing, but when thatch builds up faster than the soil can break it down, all sorts of lawn maintenance problems start to crop up. The misunderstanding is that grass clippings add to this thatch. This just isn’t true. Thatch is made up mostly of roots and stems, not grass blades. Bagging the clippings does not reduce thatch build-up. Core aeration will help control thatch more than bagging grass clippings.
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