5 Lawn Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners
Is this the first year you’ll have to take care of your lawn as a new homeowner? You might be thinking, “It’s just grass, you cut it once a week and that’s all there is to it.” As it turns out, grass can be finicky and lawn care requires a little bit of know-how in order to keep your yard green, lush, and beautiful and prevent it from turning brown, dying, and being filled with weeds. Here are 5 important lawn maintenance tips new homeowners should know before they start cutting their grass.
1) Mow Dry Grass
Mowing dry grass will give you the best results and cause you fewer problems when mowing. When grass is wet, it can clog your mower deck. Wet grass can also clump together and make your grass cut unevenly. Clumps of cut wet grass on your lawn can kill your grass. Also, try to avoid mowing in soggy conditions so that you don’t create wheel marks in your yard and tear up your grass.
2) Mow During a Cool Time of the Day
Mowing during the hottest times of the day causes grass to lose more water and recover slower than mowing during the cooler times of the day. If you can, wait until your yard is partially or fully shaded. Your grass will lose less water and rebound quicker if it is cut at a cooler temperature.
3) Alternate Mowing Patterns
Mowing lawn in the same paths can compact the soil and create ruts. This can further lead to dying grass and more weeds in the compacted soil. Try to alternate your mowing patterns in order to have a healthy lawn.
4) Increase Mowing Height for Shady Areas
Longer grass has a greater surface area for collecting light, so lawn in shady areas should be cut at a higher height so that the grass can grow at a consistent rate throughout your entire yard. Mow the shorter parts of your yard and then adjust your lawn mower for the highly shady areas of your yard.
5) Avoid Scalping Your Lawn
Scalping grass is when you cut your grass too short. Scalped lawns are more vulnerable to weeds. Short grass can be weak and soil can be exposed. Sunlight is more likely to reach weed seedlings when soil is exposed. Short grass can also have a poorly developed root system, which can cause the lawn to become damaged when there is little water or high temperatures.