Lawn Maintenance Tips From The Professionals

Gainesville Lawn CareWe feel that everyone should use the professional lawn maintenance services of Mr. Tree and Lawn Service so that they can use their free time for all the great activities that the Gainesville area has to offer. But for those that feel the need to continue mowing their own lawn, we provide a few lawn care tips.

Every grass type has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The general rule however is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your lawn at a 2 inch height, you can allow it to grow to 3 inches between mowings. If you fertilize moderately, mowing a lawn should only be needed once per week. If you allow the grass to get much taller than 3 inches you’ll mow down into the stems that have grown tall and the lawn will not look its best after you mow.

Measure the mowing height by stationing the mower on a flat surface and noting the distance between the blade and the ground. Make sure all four mower wheels are set to the same height.

The first step in good lawn mowing is to have a sharp blade. If the blade has not been sharpened in the past year, it needs to be sharpened or replaced. Dull blades whip the grass ends rather than cutting the grass. The ragged ends left by a dull blade cause a lawn to look yellowish the day after you mow. Ragged grass blades also lead to more water use by the grass and possibly an increase in disease.

It is not necessary to catch the clippings when you mow. Research has shown that letting the clippings fall on the ground does not lead to disease or thatch problems. The clippings actually return nitrogen to the soil and save you money on fertilizer.

If you decide that it is time to bring in a professional lawn maintenance service contact the team at Mr. Tree and Lawn Service for your lawn care needs at 352-682-4444 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.


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