Did you know that lawns account for 70 percent of the 2,000,000 acres of turf in Pennsylvania? That's a lot of grass! But there are a lot of reasons to maintain a home lawn. It increases your property value, stabilizes the soil to help prevent erosion, and it makes a nice place to kick back and relax at the end of a long day. Of course, it also requires maintenance, which is why you can find Lawn Love all across Pennsylvania in:
- Harrisburg, PA
- Lancaster, PA
- Lehigh Valley, PA
- Philadelphia, PA
- West Chester
- Blue Bell
- Willow Grove
- Bala Cynwyd
- King of Prussia
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Bethel Park
- Ross Township
- Hampton Township
- Bradford Woods
- Kennedy Township
- Scranton, PA
We help you keep your lawn healthy and thriving by offering a wide array of services, 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 important things you can do for the health and happiness of your lawn is to mow it — the right way. It's not as simple as going out and giving it a trim. You must understand a few of the finer details of lawn mowing to care for your lawn. Here are a few of our best Pennsylvania lawn mowing tips!
Get to Know Your Grass
If you want to know how to care for your lawn appropriately, you first must identify what kind of grass you have growing in it. This knowledge will have an impact on when and how you mow your lawn.
The most common grasses growing in Pennsylvania include:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Perennial Ryegrass
- Tall Fescue
If you need help identifying your grass, this identification tool can help!
Ideal Mowing Height
Each type of grass has a height at which it grows best. When mowing, this is the height range you are aiming for to keep your lawn healthy in the face of environmental stressors, such as pests, disease, drought, and weeds.
The ideal mowing height for Pennsylvania grasses is:
- Kentucky Bluegrass — 2.5 to 3.5 inches
- Perennial Ryegrass — 2.0 to 2.5 inches
- Tall Fescue — 3.0 to 3.5 inches
- Bentgrass — 0.50 to 1.0 inches
- Zoysiagrass — 1.0 to 2.0 inches
Most of the grasses growing in Pennsylvania are cool-season, so the growing height tends to be a little taller than the warm-season grasses. It's important to note that you never want to cut off more than one-third of the height of the grass at once. If you cut too much off at once, you risk damaging your lawn, weakening the root system, and making it more susceptible to environmental stressors.
How often you need to mow depends on your grass. If you have cool-season grass, then it will grow faster in the spring and fall, requiring more frequent mowing. If you have a warm-season grass, then it will grow fastest in the warmer months of the year. Pay attention to your lawn — it will guide you!
A Few More Mowing Tips
An artist can't paint without a paintbrush and you can't mow without a mower! You must ensure your mower is ready to tackle mowing all season long, so keep it in good working condition with very sharp blades. Dull blades will cause discoloration of your lawn since it tears the grass blade instead of cutting it clean. This damage can make the lawn more susceptible to disease and pests, too.
When mow, you shouldn't worry about picking up the clippings. If you're mowing as frequently as you need to, then the clippings won't be a problem for your lawn — in fact, they'll be good for it. Clipping decomposes quickly and returns essential nutrients back to the soil, helping to nourish your lawn in the process. It's basically free fertilizer, so leave those clippings where they are!
It's also important to switch up the direction you mow. Power mowers can cause ridges to develop at right angles in the direction you normally mow, so regularly shift the direction you mow and alternate. This will help your lawn to look better and help prevent the buildup of thatch too.
Mowing your lawn properly plays an important role in your ability to maintain a healthy and thriving Pennsylvania lawn. Nothing can make up for any damage you do mowing, so make sure you're doing it right. If you need help, don't forget the experts at Lawn Love are a phone call away!