Your North Carolina lawn is a living carpet. They add beauty and space to your home, but the benefits don't end there! At Lawn Love, we understand the importance of proper lawn care and maintenance, which is why we offer an array of services:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
We understand the nuances of North Carolina lawns, too. That's why you can find us all over the state in:
- Asheville, NC
- Charlotte, NC
- Fort Mill
- Indian Trail
- Lake Wylie
- Mint Hill
- Mount Holly
- South Park
- Piedmont Triad, NC
- Raleigh, NC
One of the most important things you do for your lawn is to mow it, but it's not as simple as it seems! You must understand a few very important things about your lawn in order to mow it the right way. Here are our best lawn mowing tips to help you care for your North Carolina lawn.
What Type of Grass Do You Grow?
Identifying the type of grass growing in your lawn is the first step to proper lawn care. That's because different types of grass require different things. In North Carolina, the most common types of turfgrasses are:
- Tall Fescue
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Fine Fescue
- St. Augustinegrass
The first four kinds of grass listed are cool-season grasses. you're more likely to find them in the piedmont and mountain regions of the state. These grasses stay green most of the year and grow the fastest in spring and fall.
The other 6 kinds of grass listed are warm-season grasses. you're more likely to find them in the coastal plains or piedmont region of North Carolina. These grasses will grow best in summer, going dormant in the fall after the first frost and turning brown. In this state, they perform best the farther south and east you go.
If you need help identifying the grass in your lawn, this identification tool can help.
Ideal Mowing Height
Once you identify the type of grass growing in your lawn, you can identify the height it should be maintained at. The ideal mowing height for each type of grass is different:
Keeping your grass within its ideal range helps it to build a strong root system, making it more resistant to environmental stressors such as drought, disease, pest infestations, and weeds.
There's no set schedule for how often you should mow your lawn. At some points in the season, it will grow very fast and require frequent mowing, while at other points it will grow slower. Let its height be your guide and remember to never cut off more than one-third of the height of the grass at once. Cutting off too much puts you in danger of scalping your lawn, which can have a drastic impact on its health as well as how it looks.
A Few More Mowing Tips
When it comes to mowing your lawn, there are a few essential pieces of information that will help you to it well. Make sure that you keep the mower blades sharp, providing a clean cut for your lawn. Dull blades will tear the grass instead of cutting it cleanly, creating ragged ends that discolor the tips of the grass and cause water loss. Plus, a sharp and balanced mower blade lengthens the life of your mower and reduces fuel consumption.
As for lawn clippings, your better off leaving them where they lay. When your mowing as frequently as you should, the clippings decompose fast and return important nutrients to the soil, reducing your fertilizer needs by up to 30 percent. Clippings also will not add to the buildup of thatch.
Your North Carolina lawn is there to bring you joy and to serve as a gathering place for you and your loved ones. If you need help maintaining your lawn properly, the pros at Lawn Love are always here to help!