Spring is almost here, and that means it’s almost mowing season again! For some of us, we hate that three-letter word “mow,” and would rather hire a lawn mowing service.
But, for those of us who are into mowing our own yards, now’s the time to get the lawn mowers serviced and ready to go for the upcoming new season!
Depending on the type of lawn mower you use, it’s best to refer to the Owner’s Manual for a schedule of how to keep your mower in good shape. However, nearly all mowers can stand to have these three tasks done to them when it comes to service. Danny Lipford, an expert on home improvement, recommends these three steps for Lawn Mower Maintenance:
1. Change the Oil. Danny recommends that even if you don’t think the oil needs changed – change it anyway. Changing the oil will help clear out any of the dust and debris left over from last season.
2. Change the Spark Plug. This will ensure that your mower starts this season.
3. Clean the air filter. Some mowers even come with an accordion-like filter that needs to be replaced. If you’re filter-less, make sure to clear out any leftover debris from the past season(s.)
Danny also suggest ways to clean the mower blades, and ideas for different types of mowers. Click here to read all of his suggestions on lawn mower maintenance.
Summer is almost here, which means the smell of grass clippings and nature’s freshest blooms is upon us. While some think of beaches, frozen drinks and patio parties when they think of summer, others think of landscaping and lawns. For homeowners looking for a way to make your yard stand out this summer, here are four mowing tips that will give you a beautiful summer lawn.
Mow your Grass Weekly
Mowing your grass every week will allow it to grow and fill out. Not only will it look better, but your grass will be healthier. The only times you want to avoid weekly lawn mowing is during extremely hot summer days, or weeks of drought. Mowing your grass too much during these seasons will cause it to turn brown and stunt its growth.
If you are unable to make the commitment to mowing your lawn weekly, or if you manage a commercial property that needs weekly mowing, contact us about our Lawn Mowing Services in the Lee’s Summit and surrounding areas.
Mow in different directions and patterns
Each week when you mow your grass, mow in a different direction. If one week you mow in horizontal stripes, mow in vertical stripes the next week. By mowing your grass in different directions, your grass will grow straight and correctly. If you mow in the same direction each time, you run the risk of your grass leaning toward one side or the other, and the sunlight not evenly hitting each grain.
Trim and Edge your Lawn
To get the best-looking, most polished lawn, trim your lawn before you mow. Your mower can get any areas that you may have missed. Use a string trimmer to get tall grass and weeds around areas like your fence, trees, air conditioner, landscape curbing and more.
Treat your Lawn
Especially when caring for yards in the Kansas City area, it’s important to treat your lawn. This will give you the best yard possible. Treating your lawn with turf applications will help keep out weeds and keep the grass green and plush.
In hot weather, it’s important to take the right steps to care for your lawn. Kansas City summers are known for extreme heat, and this summer of 2011 is no different. As the weeks in July and August carry on, here are a few reminders for how to keep your lawn looking nice despite the summer heat:
Don’t Mow your Lawn Too Short
Make sure to not mow your grass too short in hot weather. The sun and heat will kill grass, and especially when it’s cut too short. Instead of a nice, looking green lawn – the sun will scald and dry out your grass, causing it to turn brown and die. To prevent dead grass, keep your lawn a little longer in the summer to trap in moisture and endure the heat. A good goal is to set your mower between 2.5-3 inches and not mow if the grass is shorter than that.
Watering Your Lawn in Hot Weather
If you have new grass, make sure to keep your sod watered through heat waves. If you are planning on watering the grass, make sure to water the grass long enough! Lightly watering will cause the roots to become shallow and not grow deep enough for healthy growth. It is best to soak your lawn so the water sinks in deeper less frequently rather than daily watering your lawn in small amounts. If you property fertilize your grass in spring and fall, you may not need to water your lawn, as the roots will be strong and healthy enough to grow deeper and gain moisture from the soil.
When To Water your Grass in the Heat
The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or at dusk. A good goal is to give your lawn about 1 inch of water every 3 days. You may choose to water your yard while holding a garden hose, but investing in a high-quality is recommended, as it will help you make sure each section of your grass is watered evenly and adequately.
Avoid the Fertilizers in Summer
Chemical applications should be used in spring and fall. This will help keep your grass at optimum health. It may be tempting to lay fertilizer if your grass begins to brown, but resist the urge and increase your watering and grass blade length. Fertilizing the lawn in summer will take away from the grass’s main goal of growing deep, healthy roots to sustain the heat, and actually backfire on you.
Fall is officially upon us. And that means that leaves are falling on us… and our yards. While they may look beautiful on those long trips to grandma’s for Thanksgiving, when those pesky leaves fall, it means it’s time to dust off the rake and start cleaning the yard.
Rake to Have a Better Looking Lawn
Fall is the best time of year for grass to thrive. Because there is more sunlight and temperatures are cool, grass has the opportunity to breath and grow. Sunlight and moisture from the air are blocked when leaves cover the grass.
Even as a lawn care specialist myself, it is frustrating for me to spend three-fourths of the year keeping my yard nice and neatly mowed just to have the few months of fall kill all the grass because of the leaves in the yard. Yes that is right, leaves on grass equals dead grass.
Doesn’t it seem hat leaves tend to end up in the most frustrating places, too? I am not sure how many times I have grabbed a pile of leaves from my garden, gutters and front step. But, I have found that if I take care of them on a routine basis, they don’t pile up into one monstrous mess.
Get it Done! Rake!
So how do I find the time to rake, bag and be everywhere I need to be? I pick a date once a month and make it a family project.
If you have the right tools, raking can be fun, especially for those who have children. Creating a giant leaf pile or having a leaf throwing battle can be a simple and affordable way to get the family to enjoy a nice day outside and complete a major task.
Kids too old to buy into the game? Try to bribe them with raking the leaves as a way for allowance, or ask a younger neighbor kid if he or she would like to earn a little extra cash.
Other Options for Fall Yard Work
If you don’t think you have the time to rake one day a month, I have found a couple of other tricks that get the job done in a hurry. Let’s face it, leaves will continue to fall, just like grass continues to grown in the summer months. Why not combine mowing the grass and leaves into one project. There are two ways this can be done:
Compost Your Leaves
A compost pile is an eco-friendly way to dispose of your lawn clippings. To efficiently mow over your leaves and bag them, you will want to mow frequently instead of waiting till your entire yard is covered with leaves. A small amount of leaves is easier on your mower.
Mulch Your Leaves
A new trend in dealing with leaves is using them as a natural fertilizer by not using a bag while mowing over them. A team of environmental activists in New York swear by it, and say that when the leaves are mulched and then put back into the grass the soil is nourished by the small decomposed leaves.
Don’t have time to push the mower over the yard once a week? Hire a lawn and landscaping company to do the work for you.
For us it is a fall family tradition to bust out our rakes, but however you chose to take care of your leaves, the bottom line is this; clearing out the leaves in your yard can lengthen a good lawn life by a couple of years. And lets face it, a clean lawn improves curb appeal.