When you live in the Grand Canyon state, a lush lawn is a luxury. It's your oasis in the desert, but it also necessitates a lot of maintenance because grass isn't a desert-adapted plant. At Lawn Love, we know a trick or two about lawn care and maintenance, especially when it comes to mowing your Arizona grass. Our service area includes:
Our teams of experienced and skilled lawn care technicians provide a variety of services, such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
Whether you're looking to tackle lawn care yourself or not, it's still important to understand the specific needs of your Arizona lawn. Here are a few of our best mowing tips to get you started!
Treat Your Lawn Mower Right
When gearing up for the heat of an Arizona summer, it'll pay to have your lawn mower serviced. This prepares it for the hardships of the season to come but also serves one very important purpose: sharpening the blades.
Dull lawn mower blades are an enemy to your lawn. Because no matter how much time and care you spend picking the right grass seed or watering your lawn if your blades are dull it will turn your beautiful green grass brown. Sharp blades will cleanly slice your grass instead of tearing it and causing water loss. So, before you do anything else in preparation for mowing season ahead, sharpen those blades.
Grass Types and Mowing Heights
In Arizona's climate, three types of grass usually work best. They are:
- Hybrid Bermudagrass
- Ryegrass, either perennial or annual
Ryegrass and Bermudagrass both have an ideal mowing height between one inch and two and a half inches. Hybrid Bermudagrass, on the other hand, has an ideal mowing height of between half an inch to one inch.
Remember, you never want to cut off more than one-third of the total grass height at a time in order to keep your grass healthy and resistant to disease and pest infestation. And if you cut too much off because you are in danger of scalping your lawn, which is also unhealthy and unsightly. Shorter grass requires more frequent watering, too. You don't want to put even more work on yourself!
Your lawn mower has a height adjustment, use it at the correct setting. In peak growing season, usually about May through September, you may need to cut your grass ever two or three days. If you like to keep your grass on the higher end of the acceptable height, you probably need to aim for every five to seven days.
A Few More Things
The grass you have growing in your Arizona lawn probably thrives in the heat — it has to! But to keep it at its best, you need to remember to water frequently. It's best to water in the early part of the day or in the evening, but it's equally important to remember never to mow a wet lawn. The clippings may clump together and smother grass underneath.
Speaking of clippings, it's perfectly OK to keep those on your lawn (if they're not wet!). When you mow frequently, the amount of clippings left on the lawn is actually a good thing because it provides essential nutrients to the grass. It's free fertilizer!
Another thing that you want to keep in mind as you mow is not to follow the same pattern each time you mow. Why? Mowing in the same direction consistently tends to push the blades of grass over, rather than cut them cleanly. After a while, the grass will begin to lean in the direction you've been mowing it.
It will also pay to slightly raise the mowing height (about 25 percent) in shady areas of your lawn. This is simply due to the fact that you want to give the grass more leaf area in order to capture the limited amount of sunlight that peeks through.
There are a lot of advantages to living in the arid Arizona climate, but that can also make lawn care and maintenance more of a challenge. It's a challenge that Lawn Love is happy to take on.
You may be ready to make your lawn the jewel of the neighborhood, but not ready for all the work that entails. you're not alone. In fact, that's why Lawn Love is here, to help you keep your lawn beautiful and lush all year long!