Lawn Mowing Essentials by Benjamin Lawn & LandscapeNow that summer has arrived in Kansas City, it’s especially tempting to mow your lawn as short as possible just to delay the next mow for a few days. After all, in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, who really wants to push a mower around the yard? … well, other than Benjamin, that is.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and really love mowing your own lawn, please don’t cut it too short. We know you’re striving for golf course-like perfection, but this is one of the worst mistakes you can make this time of year.

Anytime you cut grass, the total blade (surface) area is reduced. Your lawn needs ample blade surface for essential photosynthesis, to block out weeds, and to contribute to a healthy root system. In addition, larger (longer) grass blades help contribute to that beautiful green appearance you’re looking for by allowing the plant to absorb more water and nutrients. Chopping off more than 1/3 of each blade every time you mow will do way more harm than good.

You should mow your lawn a little higher than normal during the summer months to help keep the soil cool and retain vital moisture at the roots. Also, be sure to alter the direction you mow each time. Changing angles and directions will allow the grass to grow straight.

Give your lawn its best chance against disease, insects, and stressful summer weather by following these few simple tips:

  • Sharpen your lawnmower blade every season! A dull blade will destroy the tips of your grass and tint your lawn brown.
  • Mow high! Cutting the turf too short can encourage numerous weeds and lawn diseases to take hold and ruin your lawn.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn (assuming there aren’t too many). They can return valuable nutrients to the soil.

… or better yet, stay in and enjoy the air conditioning while you watch Benjamin and his team perfectly treat, trim, mow, and clean up your lawn through the summer season. Call today for a complimentary lawn inspection and free estimate: 913.499.6013


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