Gardening is a passion and to cultivate it you need to know certain skills. You also need some abilities to take care of your lawn. Mowing your grass is not only a hobby that you can practice in the weekends mornings but an essential procedure. This needs to be done carefully to keep your grass protected and, avoiding any damage on the lawn surface.
Seeding of grass may take some time and patience is a must under these conditions. Maturation is also a crucial step in the mowing process. Knowing the precise time when to cut your grass is a valuable detail. Usually, grass seeds take a period of 30 up to 60 days to germinate.
Refraining from mowing during this time is not only necessary to do a proper mowing later, but also increasingly important to maintain the same height of grass seedlings. You will need to follow this rule, because otherwise you may end up killing parts of your lawn when mowing grass. Another important note on this process is the equipment that you will use to mow your new grass.
The sharpness of the blades, the cleaning method and, the movement you do when mowing your grass are all of massive significance. They’re important to keep your lawn safe and also to keep a beautiful garden. Below you will find more detailed information on each step of the mowing process. As we mentioned in the beginning, gardening is a passion that needs love and correct knowledge to do it properly.
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Finding the Best Time to Mow Your New Grass
After planting grass seed and watering it from time to time, you have to be very careful on when to mow your lawn. First, it is highly important to understand the time that grass seeds need to set roots in the soil. Besides, even after blooming the seeds require additional days to grow to a considerable height.
Thus, you may need to be careful and show caution not to cut the grass too quick. Because this action can lead to damage or kill the grasses completely. To find the best time when you can mow your grass depends on when you have set your seedlings in the soil. This way, you can start to make certain calculations. It will help you count the days that need to pass before you can start mowing again.
In the introduction we explained that you need to refrain from mowing for at least 4 weeks. Because, this time is important for plants to form a certain bond with the soil and for strengthening their roots. So, you must at least wait for a period of 30 days that can extend up to two months before you can begin the mowing process. If you do not wait for the minimum required time the mower will only tear down the grass, thus damaging it or, creating partial dried and dead areas in your lawn.
When The Wait Is Over
When the 30 days have passed and you can finally start mowing, we suggest you pick the best time of the day to do it. There are two time periods that are quite appropriate to start the mowing. First, you can mow between 8 a.m. up to 10 a.m. This time is convenient for mowing due to several reasons.
By this time, dew of the morning has vanished and the comfortable warmth of the day will vanish any wetness on the lawn. From 4 p.m. to 6.p.m. is another suitable timeline to mow your new grass. The late afternoon time helps by limiting fungal diseases like the mildew and, provides a sense of comfort for anyone who loves gardening.
Measuring the Proper Growth
Mowing your lawn should be determined by the growth of the grass. Usually people tend to make mistakes as they cut all the grass seedlings too short. We suggest that the perfect growth that your grass needs to have varies from 2½ up to three inches (6, 35 cm up to 7, 62 cm).
This is only a general data as grass is cut accordingly to the season and the growing ability that it has. The one thing that you should bear in mind is not to cut more than one-third of the grass leaf in any mowing process. If you cut the grass too short, you will have a neat lawn for a few days but you will regret soon after. Aside from death of the grasses, if you mow too close then weed invasion may occur which can lead to other problems such as the plant stress.
The latter is the state in which the grass does not have the proper growth structure which affects the root development. It is essential to be careful and cut the grass to the proper height which can depend on the speed the grass grows. Usually a growth of 2 inches (5. 08 cm) is preferable if the grass grows fast.
If you notice that the grass in your lawn does not grow fast enough than you should consider mowing it to a higher height in order to save damages happening in near future. Also, keep in mind that the mowing varies from season to season. Grass grows in a different pace during winter and during spring. So your mowing schedule should be adjusted accordingly.
A Little Tip
Before you start mowing your new grass you should also consider that the grass must be kept dry for 2 days without irrigation. So avoid any watering as it would lead to bad mowing conditions. Dry grass allows a better cut and facilitates the equipment that you will use as the blades tend to move quicker and more effectively.
The Mowing Process
First of all you should be careful as the soil can be wet from watering which might cause problems to the grass. Second, you have to make sure that the blades of the mower you are going to use are very sharp and, once you start the mowing process you need to do it delicately and softly.
The key element in mowing is to move your device vertically or horizontally but, not making big turns. The latter must be avoided because it can seriously harm the grass as you can cut it shorter than needed. When starting to mow the grass there might be parts of your lawn that have not grown up properly or, the growth of the grass is not the one that you would want.
Do not worry as it is completely normal. Grass may not germinate equally everywhere so all you have to do is isolate that part and trim it later when the height is nearly 3 inches. Since you have planted new grass seeds you will have to show serious caution and not let yourself taken by the passion.
It is important to be delicate and most of all, do the turns of your mower device in the sidewalk or, just pull back the device and turn it 90 degrees to start the same process again. Finally remember that if the soil is moist is completely alright to mow as no problems will appear but, the grass blades need to be dry. This will lead to a more effective mow and will make sure that the grass matures faster and create a uniform structure.
If you want to keep your lawn green and healthy you should mow as high as you can. Many people want to mow low having the idea of a better look but, that will damage the turf and in the end you may have a thin brown turf. Another advice is to mow frequently as it will help grass mature and create the proper structure.
Importantly, never take off more than one-third of the grass blades each time you mow. Another important rule that we mention above is to mow when you grass is dry because a wet lawn will be mown badly and you will end up with damaged grass leaves. Also, it can lead to grass diseases and pestilence which can spread around to different grass plants.
Sharpen your device’s blades as you will need a perfect job to have each grass leaf the same height. Last but not the least you should enjoy mowing your lawn. Cutting the grass or keeping a beautiful nice garden are not just duties that a house requires. Firstly they are passions that each man or woman should have when mowing their lawn.
As a conclusion when mowing your new grass from time to time keep in mind to practice two types of mowing. Once you can cut grass lengthwise, then the next time you can do it crosswise. When you have the idea that you are getting handy, you can mow better. You can even do it in a diagonal pattern or the big square until you reach the center of your lawn. So enjoy it!