It's hard to recover from a bad haircut.  It can take months for bald spots and uneven layers to grow out. Just like you, your lawn wants a manicured and stylish look. After all, an unsightly lawn can make or break your landscape design. To give your lawn a professional cut, you can follow a few simple tips.

Change the Style

It can be boring to get the same haircut over and over again.  As for your lawn, the same cut is not only boring but can cause the grass to grow back irregularly. To prevent a striped look, you should mow your lawn one direction one week and then perpendicular to this direction the following time.

Take a Little Off the Top

You may think a buzz cut will help your yard be low maintenance. However, most lawns are often better off mowed high. Keeping your grass two to four inches tall is best for cool season grasses, such as fine fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. Warm-weather grasses, such as Bermuda and centipede varieties, are best mowed in the one to two and a half inch range. In general, you don't want to cut off more than one-third of the new growth. Keeping your grass at the right length will encourage a healthy, deeper root system and prevent weeds.  

Keep The Blades Sharp

Dull blades can't give your lawn a clean cut. As a result, your grass can become susceptible to disease. If the grass blades look frayed or brown, there is a good chance you need to sharpen your mower's blades. Luckily, you can keep your blades sharp with a few easy steps:

  • Prior to removing the blade, disconnect the spark-plug wire.
  • After that, use a little spray paint to mark the top of the blade so you know which way to reinstall it.  If you don't put it on properly, your blade won't cut the grass.
  • Then, tip your mower, carburetor side up, so it won't leak oil the next time you start it.
  • Next, clamp the blade and use a breaker bar or long-handled wrench to loosen the bolt.
  • After you remove the blade, put it in a vise and use a mill bastard file to sharpen the cutting edge.  You'll want it to be sharp but not razor sharp.

If the blade has too many nicks or is damaged, you may have to have a professional sharpen or replace it.

Leave the Clippings on the Lawn

You may think you need to pick up all the clippings that fell on the grass.  However, it's best to leave them.  The clippings will decompose naturally while giving your lawn a boost of nutrients.  In fact, about 25 percent of your lawn's fertilizer needs are met with grass clippings.

A good cut can change the look of your yard for the better. Furthermore, a well-manicured lawn is a happy one. For more tips on improving your landscape, contact a company like All Season Landscaping.