There are a few of those ‘old wives tales’ in the landscaping world, too – and just like the real world, there are some that are true and some that are not. But the one we’re going to tackle is 100% true and one that we think more homeowners should take into consideration when mowing their lawns. What is it? That ‘the grass is always healthier when you mow it from different sides.’ Not only is it true, but it’s great for your lawn as well. Here’s why:
When grass is mowed in the same direction over and over, it begins to lean in said direction, so it doesn’t look as crisp as we’d like. But there are also some healthissues that arise from this. Mowing in the same pattern over and over can cause both rutting and soil compaction – which makes it harder for your turf to do a number of things, but primarily it makes it more difficult for your lawn to absorb
water. We all know what happens when lawns don’t get enough water.
So what should I do?
What you should do is always try and mow to a pattern. Here’s a basic one you can go back to frequently that’ll help your lawn stay healthy and make it look a little bit better:
- Start by mowing around the outside of the lawn
- Then mow across. When you get to the end, turn around and go back in the other direction, making a line that just barely overlaps with the first one.
- Repeat this pattern over and over until finished
- Finally, mow over the lawn’s perimeter once more.
If this seems like a bit much and you’re looking to give your lawn a cleaner, more professional look, but would rather have a pro do it for you, then give us a call today and we can provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!