Lawn Care and Mowing Performance

It cannot be stressed enough that your lawn mower may be one of the most important pieces of equipment you have contributing to the health and appearance of your lawn. Sure, fertilizer, watering, and weed control is important, but how your grass is cut and the status of the machine you use to undertake that task is also equally important. Here is some advice to make sure your lawn mower is performing as well as it possibly can, and also that you know how to properly maintain the machine itself. First thing is first – make sure the lawn mower you have is not a cheaply put together machine. It does not have to be the most expensive mower out there, but you want to make sure you are not purchasing a mower that will require frequent fixing. Once you have chosen the right mower for your needs, become familiar with it. Just like a car, you need to read and understand the owner’s manual so that if anything goes wrong, you can recognize the problem and know how to remedy it. At the beginning of every season (assuming you will not be mowing as much during the winter months), you will want to create a check list that includes checking the oil, spark plugs, and air filter. Again, the owner’s manual will be a great help in checking these areas so you know what to look for and what signs may be present letting you know there is something wrong. The oil should not be dark in color and should be free of any debris. If the oil is dark or contaminated, it should be removed and new oil should be put in. If the spark plug needs replaced, this is something you can do yourself. New spark plugs are inexpensive and can be easily switched out without taking up a lot of your time. Lawn mower maintenance specialists suggest exchanging the spark plugs every 1 to 2 years. The air filter should be relatively clean. Just like the air filters in our cars and furnaces, an unclean air filter can lead to low performance. The filter should be replaced each year to ensure your machine is working at its best. There are some aspects of lawn mower maintenance that should be left to the professionals. Scheduling a tune up at the start of mowing season would be a good idea. They can air filter, but they can also look over other parts of the lawn mower and ensure everything is working as it should by performing diagnostic tests. They will also be able to sharpen your mower blades to ensure a precise, clean cut. Dull mower blades are bad for your grass because they rip and tug at the blade instead of slicing it, causing unnecessary trauma to your lawn. It is not unheard of to sharpen your own mower blades, but it is recommended to leave this specific task to the professionals. It may seem like a no-brainer, but cleaning the undercarriage of your lawn mower is also a vital part of lawn mower maintenance. It is absolutely important that you make sure you disconnect the spark plug before performing this task. You do not want the mower to suddenly and unexpectedly start up while you have your hands in there. Once you have disconnected the spark plugs, use a wire brush to clear any debris. Finally, at the end of mowing season, perform a quick check on everything listed above before putting your machine away. You should drain the gasoline, leaving the tank empty during the off season and use fresh gasoline in the spring.

March 3, 2018

Lawn Care 101

When many people think of lawn care, they think of the basics – and cutting the grass. However, when they endeavor to create the perfect turf, they often find themselves in a never-ending struggle that more often results in frustration and a waste of money rather than a beautiful and healthy lawn. If you are one of these people, do not despair. Professional lawn care is the best way to go. Worried about the costs associated with hiring someone to care for your lawn? Here are some reasons why you will find allowing the experts will not only save you money, but will also save you from years of stress and frustration. Professional lawn care is the practice of creating the perfect lawn; that is, a lawn that is well-fed, hydrated, and weed-free. Fertilizer, lawn seed, and weed control products can be bought at many locations, but these products are often wrong for your needs or are used incorrectly. Let us start with weed control. Many lawn care companies take great care to select the right kind of as well as prohibit them from returning. They are experts on what kind of weeds are indigenous to your area and will select the best weed control to combat those specific weeds. Professional lawn care specialists also know how to properly apply the solution. Some weeds need to be spot treated, while other weeds need a blanket covering. This is an especially important aspect to think about if you recall having tried to eliminate weeds on your own. Many folks do not think about the negative consequences that can occur if the weed control solution is also applied to the surrounding turf. In a day or two you may find that the weed is indeed dead, but so is the grass that was also sprayed. A lawn care company will be able to treat those weeds without compromising your lawn. Fertilizer is another important part of lawn care. Do you know how to text the acidity level of the dirt beneath your lawn? Are you educated on what the pH level should be? If you do know the level, how will you know how much fertilizer should be applied and what kinds? Unless you have a lot of time on your hands and are really committed to spending your precious free time looking into the acidity levels of your soil, you will probably want to hand off this task to the professionals. The soil is the basis for your lawn, so it is important to understand what is going on inside that soil. Turf maintenance specialists can take samples of the soil and send them off to be tested. When the results are returned, the lawn care technicians will be able to recommend a fertilization schedule that will best work for your lawn’s needs. Then there are the real basics – mowing and watering. Lawn care specialists may offer mowing as part of their services. If they do not, they can still help you determine how to properly mow your grass. They can offer advice on the best times to mow, how often, how to keep your mowing machine in perfect working order, and other issues relating to proper mowing techniques. Lawn care professionals can also help you figure out the perfect watering schedule in conjunction with your mowing habits. Believe it or not, there is a best time of day for watering and doing so at the wrong time or doing it too infrequently can have serious consequences for your lawn. Since your lawn care company will be caring for your turf’s most basic needs, they will be able to give you expert advice on your specific lawn, not a one-size-fits-all account you may find from trying to research this information yourself. When using lawn care products, if you use the wrong ones or use them incorrectly, it can end up costing you more than if you just put your lawn care needs into the learned hands of your local lawn care professionals.

February 1, 2018

From One Lawn to Another

Your lawn is an important part of your property, which is why you want to do everything you possibly can to ensure its health and appearance are maintained at all times. We have some additional tips about mowing your lawn, a task that is sometimes viewed as something that does not require a lot of thought, that will help your grass grow steadily and exude health. Here are some tips to help you make sure your mowing habits are not hurting your lawn. The time of day is a very important consideration in order to mow your lawn successfully. It may be tempting to rise early and get your lawn mown before the heat of the day rises to an unbearable degree. Sure, you might be getting this task done and out of the way for the day, but your lawn will suffer. Mowing your grass in the early part of the day makes it vulnerable to sun scorch. Cutting the grass is actually quite traumatic for the plant because you are exposing the bottom of the grass blade to sunlight. When the grass is higher, the base of the blade is protected and shaded, meaning it is easier for it to retain moisture and stay cool. Mowing the lawn too low and in the morning or early afternoon will expose this vulnerable part of the plant and make it more difficult to retain moisture, which will cause the grass to become weak and dry. You should make it a goal to only cut the grass after the hottest part of the day has passed. This way both you and your lawn will be protected from the hot heat of the sun and its negative effects. One aspect of mowing that you will often hear differing opinions on is what to do with the clippings. Some people do not like how the clippings litter the lawn, and truthfully it does make your lawn look a bit less kempt if the clippings are in clumps. However, keeping the clippings on your grass is very advantageous. The idea is to keep a continuous circle of life when it comes to your lawn. As your grass grows, you can cut the blades down and leave them on top of your lawn where they will break down and deliver nutrients back into the soil, giving your grass the food it needs to grow in a healthy manner. If you keep your mower set on high while you cut, there should not be huge clumps of clippings that will mar the appearance of your lawn. If there are too many clumps for you, use a rake to break up the clumps and spread the clippings evenly over the grass. Another benefit to keeping your mower setting on “high” is that it allows your grass to retain moisture, which means you will not have to water it as much in order for the grass to stay resilient and colorful. Remember that mowing your lawn is a very traumatic experience for your grass if not performed properly. So by keeping your mower setting on high and not cutting the blade down close to the root, you are helping the lawn become stronger. A sturdy lawn means the roots are able to fight off weeds, which work hard to steal the nutrients and water from your turf. With the addition of the clippings, your lawn has a chance to grow to its best ability, making your property appear professionally groomed and maintained all year long.

January 2, 2018