We know that St. Louis is known as the Gateway to the West, but it's much more than that. It's a gateway to living an incredible life, right in the heart of the Heartland. For sports fans, we have the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium to cheer on to victory. For history aficionados? Try a visit to the Missouri History Museum and take a look at Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. Are you more of an architecture buff? Take an afternoon and go to the top of the Gateway Arch, where you can see the various examples of fantastic architecture and the beautiful vistas of the St. Louis metro area.
Tips and Tricks for the Ultimate Lawn Mowing
With such a wide array of events and attractions to keep you entertained, you don't want to spend every night and weekend focused on yard work. You do it, though, because you realize the importance of maintaining an attractive home, and that includes keeping your lawns and gardens in peak form. When you're serious about making your yard look its best, consider these tips and tricks to master the art of lawn mowing.
Be sure to maintain your lawn mower in good condition and sharpen the mower blades. If you mow the grass with dull mower blades, you're more likely to tear the grass than to give it a clean cut. Sharpen the blades, and you'll see an immediate improvement in your next lawn mowing session. Sharp blades will cut your grass evenly, giving you a more polished result.
Don't cut your grass too short. A common shortcut we've all tried is cutting the grass shorter than we know we should to save ourselves from mowing again for a couple of days. The problem with that? It scorches the grass because the grass is unable to retain enough moisture. You end up with a brown and burnt lawn, which nobody wants. If you leave your grass a little longer, it promotes a vibrant and healthy green color, because it holds more moisture even as the temperatures climb.
How short can you cut your grass? A good rule of thumb is not to cut more than one-third of the grass length. Remember that grass is a living plant, and like all plants, it suffers when it's cut back too much. When you cut it dramatically short, it traumatizes the grass. Your best bet? Just cut it by one-third, and if it's still not as short as you like, go back a few days later to mow the lawn to the length more your liking.
You don't want to be too strict on your lawn mowing schedule. While it benefits the grass to have a regular mowing schedule, you want to let the grass length and weather determine when you mow. Cool-season grasses like Bluegrass, Ryegrass, and Fescue flourish if you let the grass remain a little taller, in the 2 to 2½ inch range. Warm-weather grasses like Zoysia, Bermuda grass, and St. Augustine will do well at a shorter length, closer to 1 inch.
Since St. Louis is in the transition growing zone, you may consider using a blend of both warm and cool-season grasses to keep your lawn looking green as long as possible. When the cool-season grasses go dormant in the hotter weather, it's your warm-season grasses that are providing the luxurious green that we all enjoy. Conversely, in the late autumn and early spring, we get the green color from the cool-season grasses, when the warm-weather grasses have gone dormant.
Take the time to edge your lawn to get the most polished results. You should walk around your yard, taking note of any sprinklers, walkways or raised garden beds that should be protected from the lawn mower. Take the time to edge around those areas as well as the periphery of your yard. You can use a power lawn tool like a professional edger or weed wacker and cut your edges back approximately 1/4 inch from the sidewalk or walkway. It takes practice to get the clean lines you like, but with experience, you'll get the impeccably manicured lawn that's your goal.
Having a Beautiful Yard Requires Year-Round Work
We realize that keeping your lawn and gardens looking prime requires a lot of time, hard work and energy for you to maintain throughout the year. Every season requires different yard tasks, and maintaining an attractive lawn is more than just lawn mowing regularly. Have you ever considered bringing on a team of yard care professionals to help you with the most challenging tasks?
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Our mission? We're here to remove all the inconvenience from sourcing your home lawn and garden maintenance. We perform background checks on all our bonded and insured lawn technicians to ensure your home's security and to provide you with peace of mind. Concerned about handling payment? We coordinate payment of the lawn care professionals, so you have one less thing to worry about. From cleaning your home's gutters to trimming your trees, providing weed control to hanging holiday lights and snow removal, we're able to provide world-class yard care at an affordable price.
We Can Any Answer Yard Care Questions
Why don't you try us today? Our customer care associates are happy to answer any questions, and we can provide you with a free, no-obligation quote within a few short minutes. Our service area extends throughout the St. Louis metro area, including Brentwood, Glendale, Chesterfield, Richmond Heights, and beyond.
When you let us handle your lawn care, you free up your time to enjoy all the fantastic things that St. Louis has to offer. Try our new style of modern lawn care today, and you'll be sure to love your lawn.