Cultivating a lush, healthy lawn is part of that whole white-picket-fence American dream. Lawn Love doesn’t want weeds, pests, or brown patches get in the way of your dreams. That’s why we offer a variety of services to help you care for your Louisiana lawn, such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
We offer our services all over the state too, making us just one phone call away from you in:
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Denham Springs
- Port Allen
- Gross Tete
- Pine Grove
- Lafayette, LA
- New Orleans, LA
- Shreveport, LA
One of the most important ways you contribute to your lawn’s health is by mowing it. The problem is, mowing your lawn correctly requires more than just a lawn mower and some initiative! Here are some of our best lawn mowing tips to help you maintain a green, lush lawn.
What’s Growing in Your Lawn?
The first step to a healthy lawn? Knowing what kind of grass you have growing. In Louisiana, there are a few different kinds of grass that are most commonly found:
- St. Augustinegrass
These warm-season grasses do best in the sunny and warm climate of Louisiana. If you need help identifying the grass or grasses you have in your yard, this turf identification tool can help.
Ideal Mowing Height
Now that you know what type of grass you have, you can identify its ideal mowing height. Each type of grass has a height that it will do best to stay resistant to environmental stressors such as disease, weeds, drought, and pests. Most experts recommend these mowing heights for Louisiana grasses:
- Centipedegrass – 1.5 to 2.0 inches
- Bermudagrass – 1.0 to 2.0 inches
- Carpetgrass – 0.75 to 2.0 inches
- Zoysiagrass – 1.0 to 2.0 inches
- St. Augustinegrass – 3.5 to 4.0 inches
The most important rule to remember when cutting your grass within its ideal height range is the one-third rule. This is the rule that you shouldn’t cut off more than one-third of the height of the grass at once. Taking off more than that puts you in danger or scalping your lawn and also interrupting the photosynthesis process the grasses use to create food from sunlight, making your grass more susceptible to environmental stress, ultimately resulting in its poor health. Let the height of your grass be your guide to mowing frequency and if you happen to miss a mow, take just a little off the top and then go back a day or two later to cut off more.
The Grass Clippings
What do you do with all those grass clippings? Well, this news may surprise and delight you: You don’t have to do anything with your clippings. Some people take the time to collect clippings from their lawn each time they mow, but the reality is that if you’re mowing frequently enough, leaving the clippings is actually good for your grass. They don’t contribute to problems with thatch and they decompose so quickly that they return important nutrients and moisture back to your soil. So, just feel free to leave those clippings where they lay and reduce your need for fertilizer in the process!
A Few More Mowing Tips
Your lawn mower is an important piece of equipment, so make sure you’re using it right to cut your lawn. The blades of your lawn mower should be kept sharp. Sharp blades cut the grass cleanly while dull blades will tear the grass, causing water loss and leading to discoloration. It’s a good idea to have two sets of blades for your mower so you can switch them out for a sharpened pair as needed.
You should also endeavor to change the pattern and direction of your mow each time. Mowing the same direction can eventually cause the grass to lean, making it more susceptible to weed infestation. Plus, the wheels of the mower can compact the soil and make it harder for the grass to get the nutrients it needs to thrive. So, for the sake of your sanity and the health of your lawn, change it up and keep it interesting!
Mowing your lawn might be a little more complicated than you imagined, but once you know what you’re doing it really becomes a breeze. Still, if you should need help getting your lawn where it needs to be to make your American dream complete, the pros at Lawn Love are always here to help!