Avoiding “Scorched Earth”: Mow with Love, Not Burns!

by | Aug 20, 2023

Is there a more satisfying feeling than looking out at a freshly mowed lawn? That soft green carpet, the scent of cut grass wafting through the air, the uniformity of each blade – ah, pure joy! However, sometimes in our zest to achieve that perfect lawn, we might unintentionally cause a little harm. Have you ever ended up with patches that look more like a brownish quilt rather than a lush green blanket? If yes, you’ve experienced the dreaded “lawn burn”.

But don’t stress! Here are some tips to ensure your grass remains vibrant and green.

    1. Avoid Mowing Too Low – The “One-Third” Rule
    Think of your grass like hair. Just as you wouldn’t want a too-close shave, your lawn doesn’t either. Cutting more than a third of the grass blade can stress it out, leaving it vulnerable to diseases and sunburn. So, always remember never mow more than one-third of the grass height at once!

2. The Right Time of Day Makes All the Difference
There’s a golden time to mow. Aim for late afternoon or early evening. Why? Well, in the morning, the grass can be dewy, making it slippery and uneven to cut. Midday mowing? It’s too hot and can stress both the grass and the mower (not to mention the person pushing it!). Late afternoon grass is dry, and the sun isn’t as intense, which means less stress and sunburn for your lawn.

3. Keep Those Blades Sharp
Dull blades tear the grass rather than giving it a clean cut. This can cause the tips to turn brown. It’s kind of like using a blunt pair of scissors on paper, it just doesn’t give that crisp edge. So, make sure you sharpen or replace your mower blades regularly.

4. Water Wisely
Water your lawn deeply but not too frequently. And never water immediately after mowing. Why? The droplets can act like a magnifying glass, intensifying the sun’s rays and causing burns.

5. Be Kind to Stressed Lawns
During particularly dry or hot periods, your grass is already under stress. Consider mowing a tad higher during these times, or if possible, give your lawn a little mowing break.

6. Mix it Up!
Don’t mow in the same direction every time. This will avoid compacting the soil and allows the grass to stand up nice and tall for an even cut.

7. Nature’s Umbrella – The Mulch
When you leave the grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, it acts as a natural mulch. This not only provides nutrients but also offers a bit of shade to the underlying grass, reducing the risk of burns.

Our lawns are a testament to our dedication and effort. With a few simple practices, we can keep them looking their best without unintentional harm. Mow smart, and here’s to many more days of perfectly manicured greens!