What should my mowing schedule be???

Maintaining your lawn and the related times you mow your grass depends on many factors.  How much time do you have to spend? What lawn-care appearance is pleasing to your eye?  Do you want it mowed professionally?  What time of the year is it?

A well-maintained lawn can greatly change the appearance of your property, but if you’re not a so-called “green-thumb” person, caring for your lawn can be intimidating and a not-so-pleasant experience that borders on being a hassle.

1-Grass1. What type of grass do you have in your yard?
Often times your mowing schedule will be dictated by the type of grass in your yard.  All grasses do not grow at the same speed. Some grasses grow differently depending on the type of soil you have and the amount of rain fall.  So, your sister who lives across town could have the same type of grass, but her soil type is different, and she mows her grass once a week and you are mowing yours every 4 days. Know what type of grass you have in your yard.

Tractor Mowing2. Know what type of soil you have and related fertilizer you need.
In order to keep your lawn green, vibrant, and healthy your lawn will need fertilizer.  The best way to know what type of plant food you need for your lawn is to have your soil tested.  Your lawn-care store will have an inexpensive kit you can buy.  Once you know your lawn’s chemistry, ask your nursery to give you a balanced fertilizer that has the correct amount of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to feed your yard and make it healthy all year long.

3. Do you stop mowing your lawn once summer is over?           Depending on where you live in this great country dictates how often and for how long you mow your grass.  Here in Maryland, we are blessed with four distinct seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall.  All four seasons call for different mowing schedules.
Mowing Grass• Springtime – The sun and warmer temperatures brings on the growing season.  More often than not, we have more than enough rainy weather to make everything pop out of the ground.  This might call for you to be more aggressive with your mowing schedule, possibly every 4 or 5 days.
• Summertime – The heat is upon us and sometimes the rains are lacking, which could call for a slow down on the mowing schedule, possibly every 6 to 7 days
• Fall Schedule – The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler and the grass growth may be slowing, but the mowing season is not over yet.  Stay on top of your mowing schedule with an “as needed” schedule, possibly every 8 to 10 days
• Wintertime – The days are short and the nights are long, but some grasses are still growing.  Keep an eye on your lawn as there could be spots that continue to grow and need to be mowed.  Often times this might mean your lawn needs mowed every 15 to 20 days to keep it trimmed, neat, and clean.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their lawn care, mulching, spring clean-up and grass mowing needs with helpful hints and tips. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations.  When considering your Landscape, Hardscape or Lawn Maintenance needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.

Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

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