While we’re still fighting to get through February, spring is less than a month away, which means we’ll soon need to set aside time for our garden tasks. One task, in particular, you may be looking forward to or dreading is mowing your lawn, but in order to ensure your winter landscape recovery goes according to plan, you have to be careful about when you give your lawn its first clip of the year. Let’s discuss the most appropriate time to begin mowing your lawn.
Before the First Mowing of the Year
Even after the cold weather abates, it still takes some time for your grass to start growing again. As such, there really is no specific month when you should begin mowing your lawn. Instead, the best time to start mowing is when your grass has grown to be 2 to 3 inches long. Until then, the best thing you can do is check up on the health of your lawn. If there are bare spots or areas of uneven growth, lay down some seed, or if you believe your grass is not receiving adequate nutrients, fertilize your lawn.
Inspect Your Mower
You should take a look at your mower before the first cut to ensure the blades are still sharp. Sharp blades will ensure there is a clean cut, which promotes healthier grass growth. You should also make sure it receives fresh oil and gas, as well as lubricants for its controls so that it runs smoothly and has enough power to cleanly sheer the lawn.
How and When to Begin Mowing Your Lawn
You’ll know mowing day is upon you when your grass has grown 2 inches or more. It’s important not to let your grass grow too high, as it will be more difficult and time-consuming for the mower to cut it. You may be tempted to cut the grass short to space out the time between mowing, but you should never cut more than one-third its length, as doing so will place stress on the grass, causing it to take in excess nutrients to remain healthy.
While no specific date is best to begin mowing your lawn, it’s important to keep an eye on your grass’s growth, so you know when it’s the right time. Taking care of your landscape can prove a sizeable task for some, which is why you may need to rely on the services of a professional landscaping company. At Dolan Landscaping, we can maintain your landscape and keep your lawn looking green and healthy throughout the warmer months. If you need help keeping up with your landscaping, contact us today.