We all want beautiful looking lawns, but we don’t want to spend hours mowing.
Did you know there are tricks you can use to mow your lawn in less time and at the same time achieve maximum results? Here are these tricks:
Use the right lawn mower
Whether you are renting or buying the lawn mower, you need to ensure that you are using the right one.
One of the most important things to pay attention to is the size of your yard.
If your lawn is less than 500 square feet, you should go for a reel lawn mower. If the lawn is more than an acre, use a riding mower.
You should note that you are better off with gas-powered mowers than with electric mowers that have cords that have been shown to be a source of nuisance.
If you can afford a battery-powered mower, you will be set to go. The machine doesn’t burn any gasoline and doesn’t require any oiling.
This comes in handy at maintaining the environment.
Since there are no power cords to worry about, battery-powered mowers are easy to use and you are able to complete your task in just a short time.
Don’t mow when it’s wet
If you have been mowing for a long time you must be aware of the fact that the lawn mower blades don’t cut the grass as well as they should when it's wet.
As you might have guessed, this leads to you spending a lot of time mowing.
To avoid spending hours on your lawn, don’t mow when the grass is wet. Wait until the grass dries up and you will accomplish your task quickly.
Make use of low-maintenance landscaping beds
The purpose of the landscaping beds is to reduce the amount of grass you have on your lawn.
Some of the low-maintenance beds that you can use include rock gardens and succulent beds.
You only need to consult your landscaping contractor who will guide you on the best options.
Keep the lawn mower in top condition
Having the right lawn mower isn’t enough—you also need to properly maintain the lawn mower.
One of the things you should do is to inspect the lawn mower blades. If they are blunt, you should go ahead and sharpen them.
You don’t have to hire a professional to help you with the sharpening as it’s easy to learn how to sharpen the blades.
You also should regularly inspect the moving parts and oil them.
Plant slow growing grass varieties
There are plenty of slow-growing grass varieties in the market that you can choose from.
If you just bought a new property without grass, you should simply consult a landscaping expert in your area who will recommend some of the best varieties to go for.
If you are transitioning from a traditional lawn, you may have to begin with killing the grass that you currently have then plant the new variety.
A slow growing grass variety means that the grass will be shorter when the mowing time comes; therefore, you mow the lawn fast.
Set the right mowing height
The mowing height that you set depends on the look you want to create and the grass variety that you have.
If you find that the grass is difficult to cut, you should adjust the height accordingly.
You can easily adjust the height by raising and lowering the mower wheels.
Take a look on the side of the lawn mower and find the latches or switches that allow you to make the adjustments.
Get rid of clutter
Another highly effective trick you can use is to get rid of any clutter in your yard that can be a source of obstruction.
Use a rake to remove acorns, stones, bones, bottles, cans, tree branches, or any other objects that might be there.
In addition to clutter slowing down your mowing, it also tends to be a safety issue.
This is because the objects lying on the ground can be discharged by the lawn mower at ultra-high speeds putting your life and that of others on the site at risk.
If you don’t like the idea of landscaping beds, you can make use of wild plants. For example, you can plant wildflower meadow.
The plant does not only not need any mowing, it also tends to fertilize your lawn.
The area occupied by the flower means less mowing area hence you complete your mowing task fast.
Get a robot
Times have seriously changed. If you are up to it, you should get a robot that does the mowing for you while you sit back and watch things as they unfold.
While they tend to be expensive, most of the sophisticated robot mowers self-dock and have sensors that make it possible for you to simply set them and forget it while they undertake the lawn mowing.
When you mow your lawn more regularly you have peace of mind that the grass won’t be too long when mowing it the next time.
For your lawn to remain green and healthy, you should mow it at least once every week.
If you are busy, you can get away with mowing just once every two weeks.
Do you live in extremely wet and warm areas? You should mow your lawn more than once every week.
Mow in the correct pattern
You can spend a long time on your lawn when you mow in the wrong pattern. The best way of mowing is doing it in the back and forth pattern.
When mowing, move at a brisk pace. Avoid moving too slowly as the grass can easily catch and clog the mower blades.
If using a riding mower, mow in a back and forth pattern. You should move in neat, even rows.
When you come across an obstacle, you should do two laps around the obstacle.
You should note that you are more likely to get perfect results when you mow in half-lap passes.
This is where the new pass overlaps the previous one by half the mower width.
When you mow in this direction you not only do the mowing fast, you also tend to cut the grass that you might have missed in the first place.
You should always change the mowing pattern each mowing season.
This is because if you mow in the same pattern every time, the mower blades are bound to form small ruts in your lawn.
Changing the mowing pattern also prevents the mowing blades from beating the grass in the same direction all the times.
This means that by alternating the patterns, you ensure that the grass stands up straighter.
Hire a landscaping contractor
If you are too busy and don’t have time to undertake the mowing, you should consider hiring a contractor to help you with the mowing.
This way you don’t spend any time on your yard.
For you to get the most from the hired help you should ensure that you hire the most experienced and certified.
The last thing you want is hiring someone who will cause more problems than they are already there.
Clean up after mowing
Once you are done with mowing, you should always get rid of the grass clipping using a lawn rake.
The only time you shouldn’t do this is when you are using a mulching mower.
When using the mower, you should wait for the clippings to make their way through the grass and function like fertilizer.
In the event you leave the clipping on the lawn after mowing, you will have a hard time mowing the next time as the clippings form thatch that prevents the mowing blades from mowing as well as they are supposed to.