An Attractive, Healthy Lawn Is More Than Just
Pleasing To The Eye
provided by: The Archbold
During the summer months, many homeowners spend a few hours each
week working in their yards for the benefit of having a finely-groomed
plot of grass.
However, a healthy lawn is more than just pleasing to the eye.
Lawns play a vital role in maintaining a healthy and safe environment
by cooling our neighborhoods, replenishing our oxygen supply, filtering
our air and reducing noise pollution.
Additionally lawns that are free of weeds and mowed regularly
protect allergy sufferers from weed pollen, help absorb smog-produced
ozone and add to a home's value.
Having a healthy lawn begins with using proper mowing
- Maintain a regular mowing schedule to keep grass at desired
height. Removing more than one-third of the grass' height can
weaken its protection against disease and drought.
- Mow when grass is dry for a cleaner cut.
- Alternate mowing patterns to avoid uneven wear on the lawn.
- Keep the lawn mower blades sharp. Dull blades tear grass, leaving
it susceptible to disease and drought.
- Leave the grass clippings on the ground. Grass clippings are
85 to 90 percent water, and "grass cycling" returns this water
to the soil.
- "Grass cycling" also eliminates yard waste and serves as mulch
to keep the ground cooler.
- Consider using a reel, push-type mower for a clean, scissor-cut.
The action of a reel mower sutures grass blades, helping grass
retain much-needed moisture, unlike the rotary-action of power
mowers, which rips and tears the grass blades, leaving them more
vulnerable to disease.