Colorado Lawn Mowing Service Near Me
Your lawn can be a source of pride but also a source of stress. At Lawn Love, we understand that creating and maintaining a Colorado lawn takes a lot of time and effort! That’s why we offer our services in:
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Denver, CO
What do we offer? A lot! We can take care of as little or as much as your lawn needs by providing these services:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
- Christmas light installation
One of the most important but mundane lawn care tasks on your plate is mowing. It’s something you’ve probably done a million times – but are you doing it the right way? If done right, mowing can provide the foundation your lawn needs to thrive. If done wrong, it can be your lawn’s downfall! Here are some of our best lawn mowing tips for your Colorado lawn.
What Kind of Grass Do You Have?
Depending on where you live in Colorado, there are different types of grasses you may have growing in your lawn. The most common types of grasses are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Tall Fescue
- Blue Grama
- Fine Fescues
Buffalograss grows best at elevations of 6,500 feet or less – and it needs a lot of sun. The rest of the grasses can be found all over Colorado. If you need help identifying which type of grass you have, this turf identification tool can help.
The Ideal Mowing Height
Each type of grass has a height it will perform best at. That means that you should aim to mow your grass frequently enough to keep it in its ideal height range, remember never to cut off more than one-third of the height of the grass at a time, which can cause significant damage to your lawn.
The ideal mowing height for common Colorado grasses is:
- Kentucky Bluegrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Tall Fescue – 1.5 to 3.0 inches
- Buffalograss – 1.0 to 2.0 inches
- Blue Grama – 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Fine Fescues – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Ryegrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Bermudagrass – 1.0 to 1.5 inches
How do you know when it’s time to cut your grass? Let your lawn guide you. At certain points in the season, it may need to be mowed several times a week while at other points it may need to be mowed only once a week or less. As long as you cut it frequently and not cutting off too much at once, you’re promoting a strong root system that will make the grass less susceptible to environmental stressors such as pests, drought, heat, disease, and weeds.
Maintaining your mower is very important – for your own safety and for the health of your lawn. When it comes to your grass, sharp mowing blades are essential. A sharp blade will ensure a clean cut, while dull blades rip and tear the grass, causing trauma, water loss, and discoloration. It’s a good idea to keep two sets of blades – one to use and one that’s always sharp and ready to be switched out. If you notice your grass is looking a little ragged after mowing and the blades have nicks or dull spots, then it’s time to switch to sharper blades.
A Few More Tips
Another important aspect of mowing your lawn is what to do with the clippings. Many people if they don’t collect them, then their lawn will develop a problem with thatch. The truth is that if you’re mowing your lawn as frequently as you should be, the clippings are healthy to leave. They decompose quickly, returning water and essential nutrients to the soil. Ultimately, leaving the clippings will reduce your fertilizer needs. So, leave them where they lie!
You should also make sure to change up your mowing pattern and direction each time you mow. This will save you from the eventual boredom of going the same route each time but also saves your grass. When you mow in the same direction and pattern, the grass may eventually start to lean. This results in an uneven cut and puts your soil at risk for compaction where the wheels of your mower run over it time and again. For your sake – and the sake of your lawn – switch it up!
Lawn mowing is an activity many people underestimate. If you need help maintaining your Colorado lawn, don’t forget that the experts at Lawn Love are always here to help!