Having a lawn that makes your neighbors green with envy in Utah isn't something that happens by chance. No, the key to a lush and thriving lawn is regularity that starts with your lawnmower. At Lawn Love, we're invested in helping your Utah lawn to thrive, which is why we offer services such as:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
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Whether you tackle your lawn on your own or hire the pros, it's important to understand how to create and maintain a lawn. Here are a few of the best tips we at Lawn Love have to help you mow your way to lawn care success!
Understand Your Lawn
If we had to identify one thing that makes the biggest difference in the health of your lawn, it's mowing. But mowing isn't as simple as you may think. Different kinds of grasses require different kinds of care, which is why identifying the type of grass you have growing in your lawn is paramount to your success.
In Utah, the most common grass types are:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Tall Fescue
- Fine Fescue
- Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass, only found in warmer parts of southern Utah
Most of the grasses growing in your corner of Utah are cool-season grasses, which mean they thrive where temperatures are cool. Toward the southern end of Utah, you may run into warm-season grasses, which tolerate warmer temperatures better. To identify the grass you have growing in your lawn, you can use this handy identification tool.
The Cutting Height
Part of the reason it's so important to understand the type of grass you have is because that will determine the correct cutting height when you mow. Cutting grass within the range of its ideal height will help to promote a stronger root system, making your lawn more resistant to pests, disease, and weeds. Plus, it'll look nicer!
The ideal cutting height for common Utah grasses is:
- Kentucky Bluegrass — 2.5 to 3.0 inches
- Tall Fescue — 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Fine Fescue — 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Ryegrass — 1.5 to 2.5 inches
- Buffalograss — 2.0 to 3.0 inches
- Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass — 1.0 to 2.0 inches
Remember, you want to mow your lawn regularly so that in order to get your grass to its ideal height you're not cutting off more than one-third of the blade of grass. Removing more than that can damage your lawn, causing water loss and browning while making it more susceptible to pests, weeds, and disease.
Prepping Your Mower
Every season you should make sure to start with a lawn mower that has sharp blades. If the blades are dull, they will tear the grass instead of cutting it, which won't do your lawn any favors in the looks department. Plus, dull blades will unevenly cut the grass, making it difficult to achieve a uniform height.
How to Mow
If you mow your lawn the same way every time you mow it, then you need to stop. Try switching up the direction in which you mow, otherwise, your grass may start to lean in the direction it's getting mowed.
As far as frequency, for cool-season grasses that grow optimally in cooler temperatures, spring and fall may require you to mow every three to five days. During the hot summer months, growth with slow and may only require a cut every week or so.
You should also never mow wet grass. It won't give you an even cut and the cutting may clump together, causing problems for the grass underneath it as well as your lawnmower. If the cuttings are dry, then it's OK to leave them on the lawn. You should think of it as free fertilizer since they decompose fast enough to provide important nutrients to your lawn without contributing to problems with thatch.
When it comes to the trim on sidewalks and the driveway, you must use caution. If you use a string trimmer to cut them, resist the temptation to go too short since that will only weaken your lawn. If the edges are too short, then weeds can creep in and before you know it, they'll be all over!
Mowing your lawn is one of the most important things you do to take care of it. That's why it pays to know what to do and when to do it. Of course, if it seems like an undertaking that's too large, the professionals at Lawn Love are always here to help!