How often should you cut your grass? How long should your grass be after mowing. These are the eternal, and sometimes controversial, questions of good lawn care.
The first question is easy to answer. If you think your lawn looks a mess, cut it. It will look better and you will be satisfied. Never mow when your grass is wet, especially if it is long. The weight of your mower and your footsteps will press the wet grass into the soil and may result in unsightly yellow or even bare spots.
Fancy grasses can be cut short – less than one and one-half inches – two or three times a week. These grasses are very expensive, however, and need a lot of close care, not unlike golf putting greens. Most ordinary grasses look best and grow best at between one and one-half and two and one-half inches. Three and one-half inches is doable, but, again requires more care. Mowing once a week should be sufficient.
If you cut your grass too short this can result in dry spots as the roots are not able to take up enough water. Watering twice a week for about an hour is usually enough in ordinary weather. A particularly dry summer may require more watering. It’s always good to cut your grass short – one and one-half inches – the last time you mow in the autumn.
Finally, of course, remember your neighbours. No mowing at 7:00 am on the weekend. Wait until 11:00 and everyone will feel much better.
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Garden Colour in Calgary’s Memorial Park
Superyards wants to help make your yard a kaleidoscope of colour this spring. If you don’t like chemical fertilizers you don’t have to use them. Natural, organic fertilizers are readily available or you can do it yourself cheaply and easily by composting. Whichever method you chose, Superyards is ready to help ensure that your natural fertilizer is applied at the right time and in the right amount.
Composting is probably the most satisfying method because it costs next to nothing and you know exactly what is in the fertilizer being applied on your lawn and gardens. Even better, you don’t have to haul it.
What is compost? Essentially it is your household garbage. Grass clippings, fallen leaves, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds and paper products all combine to create a dark, rich fertilizer that will make your grass greener and your flowers and vegetables a bright rainbow of colors. Be careful, however, not to include any plastics, salad dressing, meat, fish, dead animals or animal waste in your compost pile or bin. Use caution when raking leaves in the fall and stick to before meal preparation scraps avoiding leftovers.
You have to start early though; it takes a while for your compost to build up and decompose into a nitrate and phosphorus rich loam. You can begin this spring with cow and/or chicken manure if it is available. Remember that the nutritional value of these traditional natural fertilizers depends on the animals living on a natural diet and the manure being reasonably fresh. It loses its nutrient value as it dries. Purchase your supplies from small, preferably organic, farms or, if allowed, raise your own chickens.
If you want help just call us at Superyards, we stand ready to assist with your lawn or do it all.
Always wear shoes while mowing the lawn.
Lawn mowing accidents happen all the time so take precautions instead of a trip to the emergency room or doctor’s office. It’s easy to reduce the risk of an accident if you follow a few safety tips.
1. Wear shoes with covered toes and safety goggles.
2. Remove branches, rocks, toys, tools, dog turds, and other obstacles. If grass is too long to see well, walk through it and carefully look for hidden obstacles or rake it first.
3. If mowing on an incline, stay above the mower as much as possible so you don’t inadvertently mow over your own feet.
4. Use a weed trimmer for edges instead of the mower.
5. Maintain your mower’s blades and engine if it has one. Secure loose parts like handles.
6. Keep children and pets out of the yard while mowing.
7. Don’t rain after it rains or if grass is wet. This makes the grass too heavy and nothing functions as easily or well.
8. Don’t mow in excessive heat or sun. Cover up and use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Or you can always hire a professional do it for you.
Superyards would love to do your lawn care if you live in Calgary, Alberta.