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Lawn mowing tips for a healthy lawn

A well-maintained lawn can improve the look of your home. With warm summers and cool frosty winters, Idaho can leave your grass looking unhealthy when spring rolls around. Proper lawn mowing techniques will help improve the health of your lawn throughout the spring and summer months. Here are a few great lawn mowing tips to help your lawn stay healthy. 

Keep the Lawn Mower High

Keep your lawn mower at the highest possible setting and cut only the top third of your grass. This may mean that you have to cut your grass more often. It is recommended to keep a minimum of 3 inches of grass length to keep a lawn healthy. 
Longer grass supports a healthier root system by allowing the grass to focus on growing its root system rather than growing the blades to reach the sun. 
Long blades can also help prevent weed growth by shading ground cover and discourage pests from making a home in weed and mulch that grows on the top portion of your lawn.
Keeping your mowing blade sharp will help ensure the grass is cut in even lines anddoes not rip or tear the grass causing unnecessary browning. 

Mow a dry lawn 

Cutting your grass while wet can cause your lawn to become uneven. An uneven lawn could mean more frequent mowing. Wet grass can also clump in the mower and leave clumps of wet grass on top of your fresh-cut grass which can cause the grass to brown if not raked. 
It is best to mow your lawn in the evening on a dry day. With a lower temperature,the grass is not competing with the heat and the cutting at the same time and it allows your grass to prepare itself for the next day. The grass is often damp in the early morning making this an ideal time to avoid trimming. 

Vary Mowing Patterns

Each time you mow your lawn do it in a different direction. Grass blades are smart and can learn the directional habits of your mowing. If you continue to mow in the same direction the grass will start growing in that direction causing your grass to lean. This can cause you to have to mow sooner or cause ruts in your lawn. 
Learning how to mow a lawn correctly will help your lawn stay healthy. Tall standing grass looks healthier and allows the blades to get better sun exposure. 

Don’t Mow on a Schedule

Sticking to a mowing schedule will not allow you to monitor the length and health of your lawn. It is important to take into account the growth rate of your lawn,the season, and your individual grass type. Your lawn should be mowed when itis required not on a set schedule. 
To know when to mow your lawn monitor length and do not cut your lawn if it is below 3 inches in length. You will have to mow your lawn more frequently in the spring when growing conditions are ideal. The summer months bring heat and with heat a slow in the growth of your lawn. In the summer you may only need to mow every other week. Monitor your lawn at this time and keep the lawn well-watered to ensure you don’t get any drying. 

Leave Grass Clippings on the Lawn 

Grass clippings create essential nutrients for your soil. Leave grass clippings on the lawn when mowing at the right length. It is not advised to leave clippings on your lawn if you are mowing a large amount of lawn and the clippings will be heavy and weigh down the grass blades. 
When the lawn mowing is maintained to just one-third of the blade, they will not weigh down the grass allowing the grass to continue growing while the clippings naturally fertilize your lawn. 

Fertilize After Mowing 

As an added bonus to your lawn, it is best to fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks after the lawn has been mowed. Fertilizing helps feed your lawn essential nutrients. Feeding the lawn after a mow gives it the best opportunity to sink into the grass roots. 
Listening to these professional lawn mowing tips for home lawns will help you maintain a beautiful healthy lawn all season long. If you are looking for more great ways to improve the health of your lawn trying dethatching and lawn aeration a simple but effective way to allow your lawn to get more water and nutrients.