Are you itching to get outside and mow your lawn for the first time this year? We know a well maintained and mowed lawn limits weed growth and reduces the chances of disease. But before you rev up the lawnmower this spring, you need to make sure your lawn is really ready.
Mowing Prep Work
First, make sure your equipment is up to par. Check the oil in your lawnmower, make sure you have gas, and of course, sharpen the blades. Then, make sure your yard is safe and clear for your mower. Pick up sticks and twigs that have broken off trees during the winter. Rake up any leaves that you didn’t get to in the fall.
Is it Dry Enough?
Spring is a tricky season in Rochester and Western New York. Late season snowfall with plenty of rain can delay working in your yard and garden. Wet, soggy, muddy lawns are not uncommon in our area. In fact, you and your neighbors may have standing water or puddles in your yard. It is crucial to the health of your turf to wait to mow until things have dried out. Otherwise, you’ll leave ruts in your lawn and run the risk of getting your mower stuck. You can also compact the soil if it’s too wet, which will make it harder for air and water to get to the roots of the grass.
Is it Warm Enough?
Springtime in our region always has a wide range of temperatures. Remember last week when we had days in the 40s AND the 70s? No matter how much the temperature fluctuates, it needs to be consistently above 40 degrees before you should start mowing.
Is it Tall Enough?
At One Step Tree and Lawn Care, we recommend mowing no shorter than 3 inches in height. A general rule of thumb is to remove one-third of the turf height at a time. Mowing shorter than 3 inches runs the risk of damaging or even killing the grass. On the flip side, don’t let your lawn become overgrown, or it will be hard for the clippings to be recycled and decompose naturally.
Follow these tips for a successful first mow of the year! Don’t forget, maintenance is key! You may find you need to mow more than once a week to keep up with lawn growth.