By following the recommended easy cutting height, the health and appearance of the lawn can be significantly improved. Setting the mower to cut longer grass allows a higher cut, which can help improve and maintain lawn health and eliminate weed growth.
Lawn mowing long and often
Always set the mower to mow longer, regardless of the grass type. Pruning grass that is too short allows more light to enter the soil, which encourages weed growth.
A good rule of thumb is to cut only a third of the height of the grass on a lawn mower. If the grass is overgrown, set the lawn mower to the highest setting, collect the grass in the grass collector or use a rake to rake the grass. After mowing, leave the lawn for a few days and then trim the grass to the desired height.
Discard grass clippings
Many people choose to throw grass clippings in the trash. Mowing grass can be a good source of nutrients, including nitrogen. Never pack grass clippings, dispose of them on compost, or use them to make freshly cut grass. In addition, you can also remove the grass catcher from the lawn mower and mow the grass without collecting the grass. Clippings will quickly decompose and provide valuable lawn nutrients, reducing the need for fertilizer.
Recommended cutting height based on grass type
Each type of grass requires a slightly different cutting height from the mower. Use the table below to find the recommended cutting height.
- Zoysiagrass, C grass: 1-2 inches (25-51 mm)
- Ryegrass: 1 1/2-2 inches (38-51 mm)
- Bermuda grass: 1 / 2-1 inch (13-25 mm)
- Curved Grass: 1 / 4-1 inch (6-25 mm)
- Buffalo, Fescue, Blue Grama, Tall Grass: 2-3 inches (51-76mm)
- Carpet Grass: 2-3 inches (5.1-76mm)
- Bahia Grass: 2-4 in. (51-10.2 cm)
- Floratam / St. Augustine: 2-4 inches (51-76 mm)
Trimming and repairing lawn
As mentioned earlier, the height of the cut grass edge should not exceed 1/3. The most popular power tool for lawn edge trimming is the cord cutter, which uses nylon plastic rope to rotate, swing and mow at high speed. Despite its popularity, string trimmers alone do not provide you with a clear boundary for which you need a manual or electric lawn mower. Certain electric string trimmers have interchangeable blades for horizontal and vertical cuts without having to use two separate tools.
When cutting grass around trees, wrap a trunk guard around the bottom of the tree to protect it. Damage to the cambium (under the bark) can kill the tree or cause serious damage. You can also cut a minimum of 300mm grass from the roots and cover it with mulch or bark fragments.
The lawn edge can be trimmed manually with garden/grass shears (use long-handled scissors to save back pain) and crescent grass trimmers, or use electric or pneumatic trimmers with star blades for vertical trimming.
This task can require physical labor and cause severe pain in your arms, legs, and back. Take frequent breaks or consider renting or buying an electric edger for large gardens.
Artificial Grass Installation – 3-Step Guide to Preparing Your Garden
The most important aspect when making an artificial turf is the preparation. There are no shortcuts. This article describes the steps to follow to assess the suitability of the soil and prepare for installation. This includes taking accurate measurements, assessing the soil conditions and removing existing turf.
Mark the area to be measured. It can help to line the area with spray paint or sand. When measuring, cover an overlap of 100mm on each side to cover the perimeter of the timber. Artificial grass has rolls of 2 meters and 4 meters wide, and the length can be supplied as desired. It is very important to take accurate measurements to calculate the exact length and width required.
2. Research/soil conditions
Assess whether the soil topography is poorly drained. In order to ensure a satisfactory foundation, measures must be taken in this case to install suitable drainage devices.
If a new underground surface is required to grow artificial grass, it should be slightly thinner to aid drainage (the ideal ratio is 1: 200). Porous (open structure) gravel is particularly suitable as an underlayment for all types of artificial grass.
Paving stones cannot be satisfactorily used as a foundation because over time the paving stones pattern will appear on the surface of the grass. The plate must be removed or covered with thick coarse sand.
A compacted unbound aggregate (stone) base material is ideal, if you want to build an artificial grass surface from scratch, this type of base material is recommended. However, any unbound surface can be drained and steadily and fairly leveled, but this is completely satisfactory. If the surface is too rough, you can scrape it with rough, sharp sand before laying the turf to create a smooth and even layer.
Although it can drain the water satisfactorily, it is possible to lay artificial grass directly on an existing lawn, but this is not always sufficient in the long run. Natural grasses will wither and their roots will rot, resulting in uneven surfaces. Grass removal and compaction of the ground foundation will solve this problem, especially if the ground is covered with a layer of compacted sand.
3. Remove lawn grass
Remove the turf and all other vegetation and materials by hand, or rent a lawn mower to save time and effort. Spread the soil approximately level, remove any large protruding stones and compact them firmly. If necessary, install a drainage device, then use a vibratory plate that can be rented from an equipment rental company to compact the soil.
After completing the above preparation steps you are ready to install artificial grass. Our next article describes the steps in the installation process.