Lawn Mowing Cycle of Drama
(we’re still talking grass here : )
[quote]“Now you ‘ve gone and done it with your insane lawn mowing! You’ve cut me to the core (this is your grass speaking)! The only thing I can do now is withdraw physically (not emotionally…duh, I’m grass). Why are we stuck in this sick emotional cycle? I find my stride, I take Oprah’s advice and I become everything I can be–I am ‘my best grass’-but you want to control me, and the second that I’m really shining-I mean really beautiful- with a belief in who I am (long, slender, thick and green), YOU cut me off at the knees”![/quote]
There is likely one main culprit, and that is HOW YOU MOW YOUR LAWN! When you cut your grass you are damaging it…sad but true. After lawn mowing, the grass puts its energy into repair-not putting its roots deeper. It’s a tough pattern if you think of it, beautiful growth->thick, tall grass->neighbors frown at your unkempt lawn->you dutifully crush your lawn…Is it possible we expect too much from something treated so badly?
Your East Lansing Lawn Mowing Artillery (or anywhere)
You must have a quality mower with dastardly sharp blades (think Edward Scissorhands-but not as weird…or as strangely sad).[quote]If you have the muscle for it, think Reel Mower for your lawn mowing needs.They are environmentally conscious for sure![/quote] They make a terrific sharp cut and you’ll never have to pay for gas (that is if your husband doesn’t require beer to mow…what kind of mileage does he get? 1/2 a yard to the 12 oz.?) While I like these mowers, if you let your lawn get too tall you are in for a serious work out. Reel mowers and tall grass are like John Boehner and Barack Obama-they each look great separately but you’ll have a devil of a time getting them to work together!
Lawn Mowing Reconsidered
What about a Rotary Mower you ask? Well, they are definitely the most popular but even with their improvements over the years they still tend to bend the grass during the cut, leaving a less clean cut. Now look, that’s pretty small potatoes, most people will never notice this flaw-only yard loving geeks like those reading this article. There is definitely one thing worth noting, whether you like rotary or reel mowers you need to remember that you get what you pay for, especially in this arena. That doesn’t mean the most expensive machine is the right one, but recognize the quality differences for what they are.
The Keys to Making Up
- 1. Never cut more than 1/3 of the blade of grass. Scalping is the number 1 WORST thing you can do to a lawn! Why? It takes much longer to recover. It’s going to be thirstier in its quest to heal and grow.
- The thing you probably didn’t even consider is the invitation you’ve sent when you scalp a lawn. A thick, tall lawn shades the ground. Why is that important? Because weeds need sunlight to germinate! Say hello to your new best friend: CRABGRASS!
- How do you get rid of crabgrass? Open your checkbook! Are you seeing how scalping is a bad idea yet?
- Taller grass = less mowing, less water, less pest problems. Taller grass is one of the BEST things you can do for the quality of your lawn!
Let Early Bird Lawn Service help you solve your lawn problems. We are East Lansing’s geeky grass-huggers.