Mowing your lawn is a fairly straightforward procedure. You may think that mowing your lawn is always the same, no matter what season it is, but you would be wrong. Mowing your lawn in the spring has a different effect on your grass than mowing it in the fall. At Creative Touch Landscaping, our Portland landscapers are experts at taking care of lawns.
Different kinds of grass have different optimal mowing heights. Cool-season grasses that flourish under cooler temperatures, such as Kentucky Bluegrass, should be kept between 2.5 and 4 inches tall. If you mow your lawn too short, then it will not be able to soak up as much sunshine and will weaken. The root systems will also diminish, which allows weeds to take up residence. A good rule of thumb for mowing during any season is to never chop more than one-third of the grass height off. By doing this, you allow yourself to leave the mower clippings in your lawn instead of raking them away. When they aren’t too bulky, mower clippings make great fertilizer for your lawn. When your grass stops growing in preparation for surviving the winter and you are ready to conduct your last mowing session of the season, it is a good idea to slightly lower your mowing height. When it is mowed lower, your grass will strengthen its root systems by using the nutrients that would have otherwise been used to grow longer blades of grass. Leave the clippings from your last mowing on the lawn to provide nutrients and protection for the early parts of winter.
Our Portland landscaping experts at Creative Touch can properly irrigate, aerate and maintain your lawn no matter what season it is. We offer a full range of landscaping services, so feel free to contact us if you have any Portland landscaping related questions or concerns.