Your New York lawn is an asset. It adds value to your home and makes your little corner of the world just a bit more beautiful. But it also takes a lot of work to create and maintain. At Lawn Love, we understand how to care for lawns in New York, which is why we offer a variety of lawn care services such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
You can find us across the state too, in:
- Albany, NY
- Buffalo, NY
- Nassau County, NY
- Rochester, NY
- Suffolk County, NY
- Syracuse, NY
When it comes to caring for your New York lawn, mowing is one of the most important things you do. How you go about mowing has a huge impact on the health of your lawn. Here are some of our best mowing tips to help you get started!
What Kind of Grass Do You Have?
The type of grass you have growing in your lawn is the first thing you must identify if you want to know how to care for it the right way. The most common types of grass found in New York lawns are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Fine Fescues
- Tall Fescues
- Creeping Bentgrass
If you need help identifying the type you have, then this turf identification tool can help.
Ideal Mowing Height
Once you’ve identified the type of grass growing in your lawn, you can identify the range of heights that it will be healthiest and happiest at. Mowing your grass within this range will help it to withstand environmental stressors such as drought, heat, pests, weeds, and disease.
The ideal mowing heights for common New York grasses are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Ryegrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Fine Fescues – 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Tall Fescues – 1.5 to 3.0 inches
- Creeping Bentgrass – 0.50 inch or less
Perhaps the most important rule to remember when cutting your grass to be within its ideal height range is the one-third rule: You should never cut off more than one-third of the height of your grass at once. If you do, then you are removing too much of the leaf from the grass blade, compromising its ability to produce food from sunlight and making it more susceptible to environmental stressors. Plus, growing grass within its ideal range helps to promote a healthy and deep root system.
Remember, you New York lawn is a living thing, so it must be pampered so it can thrive! Let your lawn guide you. It will let you know by how fast it's growing how often it needs to be mowed to be kept at a height that healthiest for it.
The Lawn Clippings
There may be some debate among you and your neighbors about whether or not you should leave the clipping on the lawn. Some people suspect that lawn clippings add to problems with thatch, but that’s simply not the case.
The truth of the matter is that if you’re cutting your lawn as frequently as it needs, then the lawn clippings are actually healthy for it. They decompose fast enough that they return important nutrients and moisture to the soil, reducing your need to add fertilizer along the way. So, leave your clippings on the lawn and watch it grow healthy and strong.
More Mowing Tips
Keeping your mower in good working order is another way you can contribute to your lawn’s health. Sharpened mower blades are especially important since dull blades can impact the health of your lawn by tearing the grass instead of cutting it cleanly. When the grass is torn it loses water and can turn brown, ultimately creating an environment where weeds, pests, and disease can take over. It’s a good idea to have two pairs of mower blades so you can easily switch out sharpened blades for dull ones as needed.
You should also try to vary the pattern and direction in which you mow. This helps to keep your grass from leaning in the direction it’s mowed, which can create an opportunity for weeds to take root. Plus, following the same pattern can cause soil compaction as your tires move over the same spot repeatedly. Save your lawn and your sanity by switching things up!
Your New York lawn can be your crown jewel, but it takes a lot of work. If you need help with your lawn care and maintenance, don’t forget that the pros at Lawn Love are here to help!