Your lawn can be a source of pride, your peaceful escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At Lawn Love, we simply love Oregon lawns. That's why you can find us in:
We offer a wide array of lawn care services too, such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
One of the most crucial tasks you complete for your lawn is mowing. Which is why, no matter if you're going to handle it yourself or hire the pros, it pays to know how and when to mow your lawn right. Otherwise, you may be wishing your tranquil retreat would fall into Crater Lake! Here are a few of our most important tips to help you mow your Oregon lawn right!
The Benefits of a Well-Maintained Lawn
Lawn care and maintenance takes time and patience — and sometimes you may wonder why you're putting in all this hard work. The benefits of turf are many and routine maintenance helps you to maximize these benefits for your little patch of Oregon. These benefits include:
- Aesthetics — Let's be honest, a nice lawn just looks good! It also happens to increase your property value and promotes a sense of pride in the community.
- Surface for recreation — Grass is a great place for your kids to play, for you to have picnics or get-togethers, and is a great surface to play with pets.
- Environmental benefits — A nice lawn with a healthy root system helps to reduce runoff and stop soil erosion. In fact, grass is one of the most effective plants you can use to address these issues.
- It's cool — Sure, your lawn may help people realize how cool you are, but it also has a cooling effect. During the hot summer days, turf can reduce surface temperatures by over 30 degrees.
With all these benefits, a nice lawn is definitely a positive place to channel your energy.
Get to Know Your Lawn
One of the most important steps to mowing your lawn properly involves identifying the type of grass you have growing in it. In Oregon, cool-season grasses are the most prevalent since they perform well in the cooler Oregon climate. The most common types of grass in Oregon are:
- Tall Fescue
- Fine Fescue
- Kentucky Bluegrass
You may have a mix of these types of turf in your lawn. This turf identification tool can help you to identify which types are growing in your lawn.
Ideal Mowing Height
Each type of grass that can grow in your Oregon lawn has a height it will flourish at. This means you should aim to keep it mowed to this height in order to help it develop strong roots, be resistant to environmental stressors such as temperature, and help it to compete with weeds that may try to establish in your lawn. The ideal mowing height for grasses is:
- Ryegrass — 1.0 to 2.5 inches
- Tall Fescue — 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Fine Fescue — 1.0 to 2.5 inches
- Bentgrass — 0.50 to 1.5 inches
- Kentucky Bluegrass — 1.5 to 2.0 inches
How frequently you should mow really depends on a few factors, such as the weather and the season. When the grass is growing at its fastest, usually in spring and fall, you may need to mow more than once a week. In the heat of summer, you may only need to mow every week or 10 days. Let your lawn lead the way.
A Few More Tips
When it comes to mowing your lawn, there are a few other important tips you need to know. First and foremost, always make sure your lawn mower is ready to tackle the job. Have it tuned up and ensure the blades are sharp. Sharp mower blades will slice the grass blades, while dull blades will tear the grass and lead to water loss — as well as a lawn that looks a little ragged around the edges.
You also must vary the direction in which you mow. Mowing the same pattern each time may cause your grass to lean or fall in the direction it's being mowed, which can lead to an uneven cut. Switch it up for the sake of your lawn and to give yourself a little variety too!
Finally, don't bag your lawn clippings. Many people wrongly assume that leaving the clippings on the lawn will smother the grass or lead to a problem with thatch. The truth is that if you mow your lawn in the right weather conditions (dry) and mow it as frequently as you should, the clipping will decompose quickly and return nutrients to your soil. It's like free fertilizer — and everyone loves free stuff!
Mowing your lawn is pretty easy once you know how to do it right, but if you need help, then the pros at Lawn Love are always here to help!