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First Cut of 2022? 5 Tips Before You Mow The Lawn

Start your first mow of the year off right – a little prep beforehand goes a long way.

First cut of the year

Once spring arrives, some of us will start preparing for the first grass cut of the year. This means taking the lawnmower and gardening tools out of storage to prepare for the season ahead. But when should we mow the lawn, and what should we do to prepare?

A nice, well-kept lawn plays an important part in summer enjoyment – hosting parties, providing a place for your kids and pets to play, and relax. Therefore, getting the first cut of the year done right is crucial to set your lawn up for a summer of good use. Here are some tips on mowing your lawn for the first time this year.

When Should You Mow the Lawn for The First Time in The Year?

You can mark your calendar for the year’s first cut from late April to early May.

Tips For Mowing

·       Get Your Equipment in Tip-Top Shape

Dull blades are the culprit behind many yellowed, weak lawns because when a blade of grass is bruised or cut by a dull blade, it grows more slowly and becomes discolored at the top. Sharp blades cut grass precisely, keeping your lawn green and growing nice.

·       Don’t Cut More Than 1/3 Of Grass Length

If you let your grass grow for too long and are finally getting around to mowing it, be careful not to cut off more than 1/3 the length of the grass at a time. Cutting more can shock your grass and cause it to stop growing, resulting in a yellow, dying lawn.

·       Keep Grass Shorter in Spring

A shorter spring cut rids your lawn of any winter-burned strands and preps it for a new growing season. Starting short in the spring and then letting it grow during the summer will promote greater growth. As the weather gets warmer, allowing your grass to grow higher will shield the soil from becoming overly hot or dry. Longer grass in the summer provides shade and retains moisture.

·       Avoid Cutting Wet Grass

Cutting grass right after it rains or watering it to get all your lawn care out of the way may seem convenient, but it can harm the grass. Hold off on cutting until after the grass has dried to prevent clumps of wet grass from smothering your lawn and encouraging the growth of fungal lawn diseases.

·       Make It a Habit

Following the first cut of the season, you may need to mow your lawn once or twice a week to maintain the length you desire. But the most important thing is to create a schedule, whether it’s weekly or bi-weekly.

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