Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Keep Your Lawn Look Good by Mowing Less

By Kenneth Raggerty

A lot of homeowners really care for their lawns and spend a lot time tending to them. That means they give so much time in mowing, landscaping, and doing other lawn maintenance jobs to keep their lawns in great condition. But wouldn't it be great if you just spend less time in your lawn and still maintain its beauty?

Less mowing does not mean ugly lawns. Sure, the grass will grow a bit longer if you chose to mow your lawn at least one a week, around two inches instead of one. But there is no visible or any significant difference in height at all. And the good thing about less mowing is that you cut your mowing time in half.

Another great thing about letting the grass grows is that the roots tend to dig deeper. This means you got healthy grass in your lawn. Healthier grasses also means less maintenance, so letting your lawn grow will greatly cut down your mowing time in the long run and save you more money for maintenance costs.

Another trick you can do to really trim your mowing time lies in the blades of your lawn mower. Sharper blades cut more efficiently in the first pass. That means you do not have to re-mow sections of your lawn the second time. Also, sharp mower blades decrease the instances where you have to pull out the grass, saving you your precious time and effort.

The type of grass that you pick for your lawn also affects your mowing performance in particular and gardening skills in general. Grass variants that thrive in your area are much easier to maintain. Grass types that are not suited to your geography will demand a bit of your attention if you want your grass to grow well.

Lastly, you must not overwater your lawn and remember to keep the soil ventilated. Overwatering delay the growth of the roots and lack of ventilation renders the soil unhealthy. As mentioned earlier, deeper roots mean healthy grass. Ventilation, on the other hand, keeps the moisture in the soil, which helps in keeping the grass healthy. Proper soil ventilation also decreases the need to water your lawn every now and then.

Less mowing does not equate to unattractive lawns. You just need to follow the tips mentioned in this article and you'll be surprised of how much time you have in your hands. With less time spent on mowing you have more time to spend on doing something else. In that sense, you'll be more productive in the process.

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