How Often Should I Mow My Lawn? Weekly or Bi-Weekly?

Benefits of Mowing Your Lawn Regularly

Your grass will get a bunch of benefits when mowin

Your grass will get a bunch of benefits when mowing your lawn at a specific time interval, bearing in mind that each grass species grows and thrive depending on the cutting height.

  • Availability of light and nutrients – Regular mowing by using a riding lawn mower or cordless weed eater will bring enough light and nutrients to every part of your yard which will be beneficial for the growth of your grass.
  • Roots – If you mow your grass regularly, its roots will be healthier and better branched. The result will be a beautiful, grassy yard with lush and robust grass.
  • Fight against pests – If you let your yard overgrown, it will become a perfect place for numerous garden pests and all kind of rodents to hide. On the other hand, if you trim your lawn neatly, you can prevent almost every infestation.
  • Faster recovery from pests and diseases – Regularly trimmed yard will be able to recover faster from the harmful pests, various disease, and adverse weather conditions.

Video

Using the Right Lawnmower

They say a bad workman blames his tools, but if he’s not using the right tool, then it’s still all his fault.

Choosing the right lawnmower for your lawn is an important step for its overall health and care, and can seriously make a difference when it comes to how often and how much you’re mowing.

Take a look at this article if you have a smaller yard or garden, and you’re looking for a more compact mower.

If you have tricky terrain in a larger plot, you might want to try one of these riding lawn mowers instead.

For particularly large gardens (aka – huge) I would suggest a zero turn mower is the best chance you have of timely mowing success.

But if they are a little outside your budget at the moment, then perhaps this article on the best cheap lawnmowers will offer some practical and affordable solutions.

Suit the tool to the job, and all will be well. Said Shakespeare – the famous English playwright and lawn-care expert.

Seasonal Mowing Schedules

How often you should cut your grass depends as much on the season and the weather as it does on the specific type of grass. Different grasses grow at different rates and at different times of the year – depending on the conditions.

Adding fertilizer can make a significant difference, too.

First, you should check out this article on how to kick-start your lawn after winter. That will show you how to give your lawn the best possible chance of being healthy through the summer months.

Cool season grasses have growth spurts in the spring and the fall. This is when you’ll need to be on top of your mowing game, and getting the machine out 1-3 times a week to maintain the “one-third” rule.

Warm season grasses will boost all through the summer, so you’re going to be at your busiest May through September.

Again, 1-3 times a week will be your sweet spot when the grass is at its liveliest.

Remember, you should mow depending on how tall the grass is, and not when the grass was last cut, or a day-of-the-week you have set in stone on your schedule.

Mow Lawn Once A Month

Yes, there are instances where you need to mow only once a month, even after having the lawn of your choice. If you are one who likes to have your lawn interspersed by some wildflowers of different colors, then again, you should mow your lawn once a month.

Accordingly, this allows for more nectar formation, more bee and insect mediated cross-pollination, and a variety of foliage bejewelling your lawn.

When To Dethatch Your Lawn

Thatch is the bits and pieces of grass that die, turn a pale yellowy-brown color and collect at the base of growing grass blades, just above the surface of the soil. Having a thin layer of thatch in your yard is normal and benefits your landscape by protecting your grass’s roots from temperature extremes. When too much thatch builds up, however, air and moisture can’t reach the soil and roots. Knowing how and when to dethatch your lawn can help you avoid problems that occur when there’s more than a half-inch of thatch in your yard.

The best time to dethatch your lawn is when the earth is at least somewhat damp and the grass is in its active growth phase. This means spring for many warm-season grasses, including Bermuda, zoysia or St. Augustine, while early spring and fall for ryegrass or fescue.

Some signs that you have too much thatch buildup in your yard include a springy feeling when you walk across your grass, and not being able to easily poke a finger through the grass to the soil at its base. Lawns with too much thatch actually feel spongy to the touch, due to that thick layer that’s acting as a cushion-like barrier above the soil. As you might imagine, this layer prevents water and air from being able to circulate freely. Staying on top of your dethatching schedule is a great way to keep your lawn green in the summer heat.

What Happens If I Grow My Lawn High?

You might think it won’t really change anything if you grow your lawn too high, after all, you’ll end up mowing it too. This is totally wrong.  First, you’ll need to do multiple mowing and remove one-third of the grass for each time. But that’s just one issue, there are a number of other problems with leaving your lawn to grow high:

1. Your Grass Can Get Sunburned

If your grass grows really high in the summer season, the lower parts of it are shaded and it will not receive enough sunlight. So, when you eventually cut the grass, the shaded part burns. 

2. Shock To The Grassroots

As your grass grows taller, the depth of the roots also increases. So, imagine the heart attack you will be causing the roots when you just chunk off a large amount of grass at a time. 

3. More To Clean Up

Mowing overgrown grasses always means there’ll be more to clean. The clippings have to be cleaned to prevent extra-long clippings from smothering the grass. You’ll also have to dispose large clumps of grass.

Maintaining the Lawn: What Else Matters Besides the Frequency at Which You Mow it?

You now have a better idea of frequency and proper mowing lengths. But, you still have to pay attention to the lawn’s health. Just because you mow it every week in the Summer doesn’t mean your lawn will look gorgeous. Other variables will affect the lawn’s appearance. Some are in your control and others aren’t. Here we’ll highlight a few of those variables you need to consider when it comes to lawn maintenance and care.

1. Fertilizing

The type and frequency at which you fertilize your lawn will impact its growth. Natural fertilizer is better than store-bought. However, most of us don’t have this lying around. Therefore, you’ll want to buy natural fertilizer, or as close to the real thing as you can get. Fertilizer isn’t food for your lawn; remember, your grass makes its food. Fertilizer is the nutrient that helps your lawn/plants grow. Therefore, you want to choose the best quality nutrients for rich, lush lawns.

See also   6 Reasons Why Lawn Mower Won’t Start – How to Fix

2. Type of Soil & Temperature

Soil doesn’t heat up as quickly as the air outside, therefore, some time might elapse before you see growth/development with your lawn and plants. In regions of the lawn where it’s cooler or there isn’t much sun, it will take longer for the lawn to grow. Conversely, where it’s warm and sunny, you’ll see faster development and growth.

3. Understanding Growth Rates

As we discussed in the section above, the type of grass you planted will affect the frequency at which you’re mowing your lawn. Additionally, in some regions (even in the same state), temperature and other variables will affect how frequently you’ll have to mow the lawn. Therefore, make sure you understand the growth rates, the type of grass you’re dealing with, and that you’re keeping an eye on how quickly the lawn is growing.

4. Your Lawn Care Habits

There’s also your personal preference. For example, some homeowners might like a short, well-manicured lawn. You might like the grass length at 3’’ year-round. Another homeowner might choose 4’’ length during the Winter and 2.5’’ during the Summer.

As long as it’s safe and you’re not over/under mowing the lawn, do what you like! You want the lawn to look good and you want to appreciate the hard work you’re putting in. So, make sure you find what works for you, and that you understand the external variables (that you can’t control) when it comes to lawn care and maintenance.

Lawn Mowing Service

How often should you mow your lawn? If you are not one to invest your time in this activity and prefer to outsource it to lawn mowing services, then your service provider will help you decide the right answer to this question.

Mowing the lawn yourself is a cheaper option, even after accounting for the money invested in the mower and gas. But if you can afford to use lawn mowing service, then you are in for a professional-looking landscape at all times if you engage a professional group.

Lawn mowing services charge per visit, the services you avail like trimming, blowing, etc., and the size and nature of your landscape. Most lawn mowing services include mowing, trimming, edging, removal of debris and twigs, including blowing leaves to give you a professional-looking lawn.

In addition to the per visit charge, lawn mowing service charges could be per hour of mowing, per acre, or square foot of mowing. Additional services like weeding, pesticide or fertilizer treatment, aeration, insect/pest/rodent control, watering will cost you the extra buck.

For an average residential lawn, a single visit could cost about $125 to 150 but can go up to $200 to $400 depending on additional services and size of the lawn.

When NOT to mow your lawn

During a drought- You don’t want to be cutting your lawn with a cylinder if there is a drought. During periods of drought, the grass plant must be able to preserve as much moisture as possible. When a lawn is cut, the individual blades of grass are sliced, leaving an area where moisture can escape. The best time to mow a lawn during the spring and summer is in the morning or evening never in the harsh sunshine. It would be a good idea to mow at a higher height of cut during prolonged periods of dry weather.

Never cut when it is frosty The moisture in the grass plant will start to freeze. Cutting a grass plant whilst it is frozen will irreparably damage the fibres of the plant. You also don’t want to be walking on your lawn when it is frosty/snowy as this will damage the grass plant.

When your lawn is too wet– If your lawn is too wet this will cause your cylinder rear roller to skid which can damage your lawn. If your grass blades are standing up straight you should be able to mow your lawn.

Pros and Cons of Cutting Every Two Weeks

Pros:

  • You only pay for mowing twice a month

Cons:

  • Grass can die from being too short
  • HOA can fine you if the grass is too long
  • Grass susceptible to disease
  • More costs for irrigation and upkeep

As you can see, cutting every two weeks will increase your risk of spending even more.

Things To Note To Determine When It Is Time To Mow Your Lawn

  1. Do not mow when the temperature is greater than 90 degrees and it is very sunny. 
  2. Do not mow when the grass is wet.
  3. Make sure your blade is sharp enough to produce clean cuts.
  4. Do not walk on the soil when it is wet.
  5. Do not use a fast-release fertilizer. Instead, use a slow-release fertilizer with bacteria and mycorrhizae included. 
  6. Do not mulch your grass. 
  7. Use clippings to control weed on plant beds if they are thinly spread or use them in compost pile. 
  8. If your blades are frayed and browning, then you should change the blades (learn how to remove and replace your lawn mower blades with this article: How To Remove A Lawn Mower Blade)
  9. Aerate once in a year. This involves an aerator pulling plugs of lawn and soil out of the lawn to dry and disintegrate in top the lawn. 
  10. Do not overseed.
  11. Train your lawn to be drought tolerant. 
  12. If your lawn is growing in the shade, redesign it.
  13. Give your lawn a clean edge 
  14. Mow your lawn in the mid-morning before the harsh sun comes out.
  15. Always put on enclosed shoes, as well as eye, and ear protection. 
  16. Adjust the cutting height to suit weather conditions by raising the height of the blade a little at the beginning and end of the season. 
  17. If the weather is hot and dry, you should raise the blade to allow the grass grow longer. The extra moisture in the longer foliage will keep the grass green and will shade the soil. 
  18. When mowing, do your best to avoid newly sown patches of lawn if there are any. Wait until the grass is 4cm tall before you cut them. 

Conclusion

img source: minutemediacdn.com
img source: minutemediacdn.com

Before we say “goodbye”, let’s make some sort of conclusion. Indeed, your garden requires extra attention. However, do not mow your lawn too often because that doesn’t guarantee success. Apply the tips that we gave you, educate yourself, and the results will be as you imagine.

Landscapers are Your Friends

When you speak with your lawn mowing company, it’s important to recognize that they are experts in their fields. They are the doctors to your grass and yard. They know what’s best for it. If you don’t understand the cost or why you should trim or cut something, feel free to ask. They would be more than happy to help.

Cutting your grass is all about working hard to make your home beautiful. Your HOA will be happy, your curb appeal would look spectacular… and most of all, you can have a yard to be proud of.

Tags