The world of adulthood introduces us all to an entirely new realm of responsibilities. One of the biggest changes we often face in our early adulthood is transitioning from living at home, in a professionally maintained apartment, or another living facility in which you aren’t encumbered with the stress of managing and sustaining your own lawn.
Whether you’re in the exciting process of owning or renting your very first home or you are just looking to improve your lawn maintenance efforts this season, Memphis Landscape is here to guide you in giving your lawn the best care possible. In light of helping you better understand how to tend to your yard most optimally, take a look at these three FAQs about lawn maintenance:
How often should you mow your lawn?
As always, the amount of time you put into tending to your landscape depends on your desired results and a variety of other factors. For instance, summertime can be a little bit more demanding in terms of how often you should pull out your lawn mower. You can thank good ‘ole photosynthesis for your fast-growing grass this season; with the hot sun beaming over your grass for longer periods during the summer and providing us within all-around warmer and more humid climate, grass can grow as fast as six inches per month during hotter seasons. If you are aspiring for your grass to grow greener, it may be a good idea to mow it once every two weeks. This is due to the fact that the longer you allow your grass to grow, the greener it will be, and more likely it will be for it obtain its color after you mow. In other words, the more often you mow your grass, the greener it shall be.
Cooler months, as we experience during the fall and winter, however, often don’t require you to expend this much time mowing. In fact, most people in Memphis spend little to no time maintaining grass length during the winter, as the cold weather usually strips grass of its nutrients due to a drier climate and less water in its soil. It isn’t uncommon for grass to turn yellow during these months, or even for grass to stop growing altogether. Luckily, there are a few measures you can take to help your grass survive harsh weather conditions, such as using fertilizer and ridding your lawn of harmful debris.
How much grass should you be cutting?
This is a great question that can be answered with a rule of thumb: don’t cut more than ⅓ of your grass’ current length. Predictably, different types of grass require different types of care, but, generally, this rule applies to every strand. Cutting your grass any shorter than this is risky business, and In many situations, cutting your grass too short can be even more harmful to your landscape than not mowing it at all. In most cases, this means you may have to mow your grass as often as once per week, depending on the settings offered on your lawnmower. The key to keeping your grass healthy is consistency; even if your grass is a little longer than you’d like, it’s important to continue only cutting ⅓ of its length until it has gradually decreased to the ideal height.
Of course, what you envision for your landscape will determine how much and how often you mow the grass. A common misconception that baffles many who are trying to grow grass is that yellow grass is a cry for us to stop mowing for a while. However, when you mow less often, it usually only worsens the issue and prolongs the yellow tent and discoloration. This is because
the top of the blade is where the grass strands are always the greenest, so when you neglect mowing altogether and then finally resume your normal cutting schedule, the first thing to go is the healthiest part of the grass.
All in all, the best way to keep your yard healthy and your grass growing is to mow at a frequent and constant rate. Most experts recommend cutting a little bit at a time in order to maintain the grass’ health. Additionally, many people also try mulching to further advance their yard health and aesthetic. This involves cutting grass into small and fine pieces and forcing the new grass clippings down so that they may decompose more quickly. This process works to add moisture, limit weeds, and keep your grass growing at a steady and healthy rate.
When should you hire professional help?
It’s no secret that mowing the grass isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It can certainly be draining, time-consuming, and strenuous activity that many simply cannot do on their own. And although there are thousands of landscaping blogs accessible on the internet to guide the inexperienced, it can still be tricky to know exactly when to mow your grass and to measure the exact amount that you wish to cut. If your grass is hesitant to grow or remain healthy, or you simply are aiming for an impeccably green and properly cared for yard, it is probably of your best interest to look into hiring a professional. And of course, we believe your free time should be enjoyed doing the things you love, not worrying about the state of your lawn.
If you’re local to the Memphis area, we encourage you to contact us! Memphis Landscape provides top-notch, high-quality services at an affordable cost, and our expert landscaping professionals are equipped to handle even the peskiest and most defiant of lawns. So you can be certain your lawn care needs are in the hands of people that you can truly trust. And you don’t have to just take our word for it, read what our clients are saying!