COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Is the grass always greener on the other side? Or are they just mowing their lawn the right way?
“Theoretically, the correct way would be to mow it one direction and then mow it the other direction every time,” said Mike Spencer, owner of Spencer’s Lawn and Garden Centers. “And if the grass is too tall and you mulched, you definitely want to do it that way. But, every other time, I mow my lawn a different direction.”
Spencer said it helps with growth and keeps your grass even as the tires on the mower run over it.
For good cuts, sharpen your mower blade four times a year.
“You want to mow your lawn anytime it gets to a quarter of an inch,” Spencer said. “That does not necessarily mean a week, it may mean four days right after you feed and you might get some rain showers.”
But make sure your lawn is dry before you start. If it’s wet, make sure to catch the clippings, or they could burn spots on your lawn.
“Because if we don’t, you end up ripping the top like a split end on a hair, and the grass will desiccate quicker,” Spencer said.
But if it’s dry, always let the clippings fall on the grass.
“This adds mulch, green manure, turns back into feed for your lawn,” Spencer said. “And then just make sure you’re keeping up with the feed on your lawn, so that the clippings go ahead and decompose naturally.”
When it comes to watering your lawn, water as infrequently as possible, even when it’s hot.
But when you water it, water it deeply.
“People who water their lawn every single day leave moisture at the surface,” Spencer said. “That moisture at the surface, the roots don’t go down. So, when we have a bad winter or really bad weather, the grass turns brown. People who water correctly, do their cultural practices right. The roots are way down, like a foot deep, so you don’t have those problems, or as quickly of a problem.”
Another tip to using less water?
Mow your lawn as tall as possible without it falling over.
“The more we shade the soil, the more moisture it will hold,” Spencer said. “The more blade of grass we have, the more moisture the blade holds. And so, it takes less water that way.”