A landscaping expert offers his top tips for turning your turf into perfection.
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When it comes to staying on top of mowing your lawn, it may feel like the grass is greener on the other side—literally. If you have neighbors who seem to have mastered the art of lawn maintenance, it's easy to compare plots. But Ryan Eilermann, the Senior Director of Marketing at Spectracide Lawn & Garden, says achieving an equally gorgeous turf is easy, so long as you follow these lawn mowing tips every time you give your grass a trim. "Keeping your grass at the right height helps it get the sunlight and nutrients it needs for a lush, healthy lawn," he explains.

Set a Schedule

The correct mowing frequency can vary based on several factors, but the general rule of thumb is to cut your grass about once per week. "Mow as often as needed to ensure you're not cutting off more than a third of the grass blades at a time," says Eilermann. "For many lawns, that's weekly, but some lawns might need mowing more or less frequently. To make sure you are not over-cutting, set a schedule that's easy to follow."

Don't Cut Your Grass Too Short

Not only will keeping your grass at the right height help it look good, it will also keep weeds at bay. "Mowing the lawn too short can expose soil, increasing the potential for a weed to germinate and outcompete lawn grass," Eilermann explains. While a lot of homeowners enjoy seeing a few dandelions in their yards—they have lots of benefits for pollinators—an overgrowth is not desirable; other not-as-pretty weeds, like crabgrass, can also make an appearance if grass is too short.

Alternate Your Mowing Direction

Mowing your lawn in a uniform matter results in those aesthetically-appealing lines that run across your landscape—and it's also good for the health of your grass. To make sure you're maximizing these benefits, Eilermann suggests alternating your approach each time you bring out the lawn mower. "Mow your lawn in a direction that is perpendicular to the last session's direction," he says.

Avoid Mowing Your Lawn in the Afternoon

Cutting your grass at the hottest point in the day can be hard on you (that heat!), and it can also stress your turf. "Cut your grass mid-morning to give it time to recover before nightfall," Eilermann advises.

Keep Up with Other Maintenance Tasks

Lawn maintenance goes beyond the mowing process, which is why Eilermann says to make sure you're also watering, fertilizing, and weeding your grass regularly, as well as taking measures to prevent disease and control insects. "Regularly scouting your lawn for these issues, keeping a regular maintenance schedule, and having the proper arsenal of tools and products are key for creating a lush, happy lawn this spring!"

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