Properly cutting your lawn is among the easiest methods of combatting disease and weeds. Mowing grass at the suggested height assists it in getting the important nutrients and sunlight necessary to be healthy and lush. Cutting too short (or “scalping”) may have some severe repercussions; it may weaken and destroy the lawn. In addition, mowing too short is going to restrict the nutrient supply of your grass, providing weeds free reign. Here are some thoughts provided by the Winnipeg lawn care professionals of Cleanr Mow,
How Scalping Impacts the Grass
Grass has the ability to survive because of photosynthesis, the process of taking light from the sun in and utilizing the light as energy. Mowing too much of its leaf blade restricts the lawn’s capability of storing this energy, limiting its nutrient supply, as well as eventually choking out the grass. Uncertain if you are scalping the yard? If the grass is so very short that its stem is showing, it is too short. Usually, a stem is a brownish color. Generally, the majority of warm season grasses ought to be at the minimum of 1” in height and the majority of cool season grasses ought to be at a minimum of 2.5” in height. You also may be scalping your lawn if you routinely mow the grass at the lawn mower’s lowest setting.
Factors Which Make Scalping Worse
Among the worst contributing conditions to scalping is cutting using a dull blade. The next time you cut the grass, take a peek at the grass afterwards. If the grass appears frayed and torn, the blade requires sharpening. It is possible to purchase a blade sharpener at the majority of garden and home centers. In addition, lawn scalping in the warmth of summer seriously will hinder a grass’s capability of recovering. Since warm weather already stresses out yards, scalping will more than likely make things worse.
Quality Mowing Tips
It is better for the yard to be too long than overly short. Try and keep the grass around 3” in length all through the growing season. It also is useful to leave clippings on the lawn rather than bagging them. Grass that is decomposed is going to return valuable nutrients to the soil via a system referred to as “grass-cycling.” The system works a lot better while cutting the grass at the driest time of day, as excessive dampness might otherwise cause grass clippings to clump and block light from the sun from the yard. Overlap the mowing route by 2 – 3”, as it’ll keep your yard at a consistent height, as well as ensure that all of it gets cut.
Fixing the Yard
If you recognize that you have been scalping your lawn, allow the grass to grow slowly to its correct height, never mowing more than one-third of the blade length at one time. Also, you will need to water infrequently and deeply. Correct irrigation will assist your lawn in recovering properly. If scalping killed large spaces of your yard, Cleanr Mow will assist you in reseeding these brown and bare spots. Our seeding services are going to help your lawn recover rapidly and allow your grass to grow much healthier and thicker than before.