No matter where you fall on the spectrum of lawn care, from fertilizing on a strict schedule to cutting grass only after you lost your little dog in the dense ground cover, you should always know the right way to go about maintaining a healthy lawn.
At Lawn Love, we take Ohio lawn care seriously. That's why we offer services all across Ohio in:
- Akron, OH
- Cincinnati, OH
- West Chester
- Bridgetown North
- Hyde Park
- Cleveland, OH
- Shaker Heights
- Cleveland Heights
- Parma Heights
- Maple Heights
- North Olmstead
- Columbus, OH
- Canal Winchester
- Upper Arlington
- Grove City
- Dayton, OH
- Toledo, OH
- Youngstown, OH
We also provide an array of lawn care services for your Ohio lawn, such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
Luckily, Ohio lawns only require cutting a few months out of the year, but lawn mowing isn't as simple as you may think. Here are a few of the best tips we here at Lawn Love have to help you maintain your lawn through proper mowing!
The Importance of Regular Mowing
Mowing does a whole lot more for your lawn than just make it look good. It's also an important step to take if you want to keep your grass thick and your lawn healthy. If you don't mow the right way, then you may be making your lawn susceptible to stresses from the environment such as pests, weeds, and disease. That's why if you're looking to protect your grass and keep your lawn looking nice, you need to understand:
- What kind of grass you have
- When to mow
- How to mow
- How to maintain your mower
Why Grass Type is Important
If you don't know the type of grass growing in your Ohio lawn, then you can't understand the correct height to mow it to. In this state, there are a few common grass types you'll find growing in your lawn:
- Kentucky Bluegrass — This is a very common type of grass in Ohio. It's resistant to disease and thrives in the winter and summer.
- Fine Fescue — This type of grass blends well with other grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass.
- Ryegrass — A close cousin of Kentucky bluegrass, this type of grass thrives in Ohio lawns.
- Tall fescue — This heat-resistant grass can stay green in even the hottest temperatures and intense sunlight and is especially popular in southern Ohio.
- Bentgrass — This premium grass is usually used on golf courses and requires regular maintenance and mowing. Not easy to maintain, so probably not for the average homeowner.
- Buffalograss — A very common Ohio grass, it's low maintenance and compatibility with Ohio's climate make it quite popular.
If you're unsure what type of grass you have, this identification tool can help.
The Ideal Height
Now that you know what type of grass you have, you can learn what it's ideal mowing height is! The reasons the height is so important is because when you mow, you never want to cut off more than one-third of the grass blade. Cutting off more will make your grass more susceptible to disease and will impede your lawn's ability to produce its own food.
Keep these figures in mind this mowing season:
- Kentucky Bluegrass — Its ideal height is 2.0 to 2.5 inches, so when it gets to 3.0 to 3.75 inches, it's time to mow!
- Fine Fescue — Ideal height is between 2.0 to 2.5 inches, so when it reaches 3.0 to 3.75 inches, it's mow time!
- Ryegrass — Ideal height of 1.5 to 2.5 inches, should be mowed when it reaches 2.0 to 3.5 inches.
- Tall Fescue — Ideal height of 2.0 to 3.0 inches, mow when it reaches between 3.0 and 4.75 inches.
- Bentgrass — Ideal height of 0.25 to 0.50 inches, should be mowed when it reaches 0.75 to 1.25 inches.
- Buffalograss — Ideal height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches, so should be mowed when it reaches between 3.5 to 4.25 inches.
Maintaining Your Mower
Your lawnmower is the tool you use to maintain your lawn, so taking care of it is vital to a healthy lawn! At the beginning of each season, you should ensure the blade of the lawnmower is sharpened. Using a dull blade to cut grass will tear the grass instead of cutting it clean, leading to water loss and browning of the grass. You may need to sharpen it more than once a season, just pay attention to how your grass looks to know if it needs sharpening or not. Uneven cutting or ragged looking grass cuts will let you know.
You should also change your mowing pattern each time you mow. Mowing in the same direction and pattern each time will eventually cause the grass to lean. Keep it even and encourage upright growth as you cure your mowing boredom by mixing things up!
There's more to mowing than meets the eye, but with the help of the pros at Lawn Love, you can create and maintain a lawn you can be proud to come home to!