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How to Maintain Your Lawn - Helpful Tips

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With Robomow, lawn care has never been so easy. Still, there a few things you should consider when it comes to having your best lawn. Continue reading for a few helpful tips!

Best time to mow

Mow your lawn when the grass is dry. This prevents the clippings from clumping and leaving piles on the lawn. Mow it late in the day rather than during the heat of the day.

Mowing frequency

Mow often in order to produce short, small clippings. During the active growing season the mowing frequency should be increased to once every 3-5 days, before the grass is too long. Short clippings decompose quickly and will not cover the grass surface. If the grass gets too high, raise the cutting height, mow, and then gradually lower it over several mowings.

Cutting Height

Follow the “1/3 rule”. Mow no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass. Proper mowing will produce short clippings that will not cover up the grass surface. You may have to cut the lawn more frequently, or double cut, when the lawn is growing fast, such as in the spring.

Grasscycling

Grasscycling reduces the amount of water needed by lawns since the clippings consist for about 80 – 85% of water. Grasscycling slows evaporation at the soil surface, and conserves water. Most lawns need less water when grasscycling.

Watering

Water your lawn between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning, so water has time to soak into the soil before the heat of the sun causes evaporation. Your lawn needs 1 to 1-1/2” (3-4cm) of water weekly. Deep watering allows grass to develop a deep root system, enabling the lawn to resist disease and drought.

Do not over water

Too much water is not only wasteful but can also increase turf growth, which requires more frequent mowing. Let the soil partially dry out between watering. Water when the top two inches of soil have dried out. Use an object such as a screwdriver to probe your soil and measure the depth of the moisture.

Fertilization

Grasscycling reduces the amount of lawn fertilizer needed because the clippings provide about 1/4 of a lawn’s annual needs.

Blade

Keep your mower blade sharp. A sharp blade provides a clean, safe, and efficient cut. A dull mower blade will tear and shred the tips of the grass, which can provide an entry for disease organisms and weaken the grass plant. It is recommended to replace the mower blade once a year.

Learn how easy it is to replace your blade with this article from Robomow Canada.

Thatch

Clippings and thatch are simply not connected. As mentioned previously, grass clippings consist for approximately 80-85 percent of water with only small amounts of lignin, and they also decompose rapidly.
A small amount of thatch (approximately 1/2 inch) is actually beneficial to a lawn. Grass clippings protect your lawn’s root system from heat and water loss.

Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to having the best lawn yet!