New Jersey is the Garden State – so how is your garden growing?
If you want a healthy lawn, then you have to start with regular lawn care and maintenance. At Lawn Love, we know what your lawn needs to stay healthy. That’s why we offer a variety of services for your New Jersey lawn such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
Our services available all over the state in:
- Bergen County, NJ
- Cliffside Park
- Fort Lee
- Fair Lawn
- Middlesex County, NJ
- Old Bridge
- New Brunswick
- Perth Amboy
- East Brunswick
- South Brunswick
- North Brunswick
- Newark, NJ
One of the most important aspects of lawn care and maintenance is lawn mowing – but it’s such an everyday activity that many homeowners don’t understand just how important it is to the health, vitality, and survival of your lawn. Here are some of our best mowing tips to help you get off on the right foot.
What Grows in Your Lawn?
To understand how to care for your lawn, you first have to know what you have growing in it. There are several types of turf that grow in Jersey. While the state is small, it’s home to many different types of terrain which means one kind of grass good for one corner may be best for another. The most common grass types found in New Jersey are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Fine Fescues
The first two kinds of grass listed can be found in almost every part of the state, but fine fescues are only recommended for sandy soils near the shore.
If you need help identifying the kind of grass or grasses growing in your lawn, this turf identification tool can help!
Ideal Mowing Height
Now that you know the type of grass growing in your New Jersey lawn, you can understand the height it needs to be mowed to in order to thrive. Each type of grass has a height range it will stay healthy and resistant to environmental stressors at. For common New Jersey Grasses, the ideal mowing heights are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Ryegrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Fine Fescues – 2.0 to 3.0 inches
How often you mow your grass isn’t something you can set a schedule for. Instead, you should let the height of the grass be your guide. At some points in the growing season you may notice that the grass needs to be mowed more than once a week – at other points, maybe just once a week or every 10 days. The cool-season grasses that thrive in New Jersey will grow fastest in the spring and fall, slowing down in the high heat of the summer. As long as you don’t cut off more than one-third of the height of your grass at once, follow your lawn’s lead when it comes to mowing frequency.
The one-third rule is one of the most important mowing rules to remember. If you remove more than one-third of the grass blade when you mow, then you may cut your lawn too short and make it more susceptible to disease, pests, weeds, and drought.
A Few More Mowing Tips
Your lawn mower is an important part of proper lawn care and maintenance. Make sure you keep it in good working order for your own safety and the health of your lawn. It’s important to also ensure the blades on your lawn mower are sharp. Sharp blades will cut the grass cleanly, making the mowing process less traumatic for your lawn. Dull blades, on the other hand, will tear the grass, causing water loss that shocks the lawn and can eventually lead to discoloration and susceptibility to environmental stressors. Have two pairs of blades, one on the mower and a sharpened pair you can switch out in a jiff.
It will pay to remember to mow your grass in a different direction and pattern each time too. When you mow the same way each time your grass may eventually start to lean in the direction you cut, resulting in an uneven cut and an unsightly lawn. Plus, the wheels of your mower may cause soil compaction if they go over the same row each time. Change it up and make mowing interesting for yourself and your lawn!
New Jersey is a beautiful place and we know you take pride in keeping it that way! If you need help keeping up with the demands of your New Jersey lawn, let the pros at Lawn Love give you a hand!