The Cornhusker State is known for its sweeping plains and towering dunes, which makes maintaining a lush and green lawn a pioneering thing for you to do! At Lawn Love, we understand what it takes to keep your lawn healthy and strong, which is why we offer these services:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
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Mowing your lawn may seem to be one of the simplest things you do, but it’s also one of the most important. One wrong move and you can set the health of your lawn back. To mow well, there are a few fundamentals you must know first. Here are our best mowing tips for your Nebraska lawn!
What Kind of Grass?
In Nebraska, you’ll find a variety of warm-season and cool-season grasses growing. Warm-season grass does best during the hottest months of the year, while cool-season grasses thrive in the cooler temperatures of spring and fall. The most common types of grass in Nebraska lawns are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Fine Fescue
- Tall Fescue
The last two kinds of grass listed are warm-season grasses and are mostly found south of the Platte River. That’s about their northern-most range since it’s simply too cold for them to grow in other parts of the state.
You may have a mixture of these grasses growing in your lawn. If you need help identifying them, then this turf identification tool can help.
Ideal Mowing Height
Now that you’ve determined what you have growing in your lawn, you can understand how to care for it. Mowing your lawn regularly to its ideal mowing height is crucial to its health. That may mean you will need to mow more than once a week during the peak growing season and less than once a week during other times of the year. Let your lawn be your guide.
The ideal mowing height for common Nebraska grasses is:
- Kentucky Bluegrass – 2.5 to 3.0 inches
- Fine Fescue – 2.5 to 3.5 inches
- Ryegrass – 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Tall Fescue – 2.5 to 4.0 inches
- Zoysiagrass – 1.0 to 2.5 inches
- Bermudagrass – 0.50 to 1.25 inches
These heights help to ensure a strong root system that grows deeper and helps to keep your grass resistant to environmental stressors such as disease, drought, heat, pests, and weeds. Just remember that you never want to cut off more than one-third of the height at once or you could damage your grass and impact its overall health and resiliency.
The Grass Clippings
You may notice that some of your neighbors collect their grass clippings each time they mow. This isn’t necessarily the right strategy. If you’re mowing your lawn frequently, then the clippings will decompose quickly and return important nutrients back to the soil. You can certainly take the time to collect them if you wish, but it’s not a bad idea to leave them. It’ll take less time and save you money on fertilizer!
Sharpen Your Blades
Keeping your mower in good working order is essential to lawn care, but are your mower blades sharp enough? Sharp blades cut the grass cleanly, placing it under far less stress and allowing it to heal more quickly from the cutting, and just simply helps it to look better. Dull blades tear and chew the grass, resulting in a messy cut that can cause water loss and discoloration, ultimately leading to a lawn more susceptible to disease, drought, pests, and weeds.
It's a good idea to keep two sets of blades, one on the mower and the other sharpened. That way, you can quickly switch the blades out when one pair becomes too dull to be effective.
A Couple More Mowing Tips
For your safety, it’s a good idea only to mow the lawn when it’s dry. A wet lawn can result in frayed blades of grass and also in injury to you! Falls and slips are possible on wet grass, so think of your own safety and the health of your lawn by making sure the grass is dry!
You should also alter the direction and pattern of your mow each time. This helps to keep your grass strong and straight since mowing it in the same direction each time can cause the grass to lean – and that gives a chance for weeds to take root too. Alter your path to give you and your lawn a little variety!
Mowing the lawn may seem simple, but there are a lot of details that go into it! If you need help keeping up with the mowing demands of your lawn, then don’t forget the pros at Lawn Love are always here to help!