There are good times and bad times to mow your lawn and some times of the day are better than others. There are multiple factors that you may wish to consider when you are thinking about the best time of day to cut grass.
The heat, the level of moisture and the time are all factors you may wish to keep in mind. So, bearing all that in mind, let’s take a look at the best time of day to cut the grass.
Early morning is one of the worst times to mow your lawn. The grass will still be wet from dew, and wet grass could cause your mower to clog up. Also, if your turf is wet from a torrential downpour, your mower may end up leaving tracks in the turf or could end up damaging it.
Mid-morning is by far the best time to get cutting that grass. Any moisture left behind from the morning dew will have dried off, so you won’t have any problems with a clogged-up mower. It’s best to mow before the heat of the day sets in and your grass will have plenty of time to dry off fully in the sun.
The middle of the day is an alright time to cut your grass as it will be drier, but mowing a lawn in hot weather is hard work. In the middle of the day, the sun is going to be at its hottest, and too much heat can cause stress to your lawn when you are cutting it. Plus, it’s much harder on the person mowing the lawn!
Early afternoon is the second-best time to cut the grass as the cooler temperatures mean less stress on you, and less stress on the lawn. There is still enough sun left in the day to provide your grass with some light, giving your lawn a few hours to recover.
The early evening isn’t the best time to mow your lawn, but equally, it isn’t the worst. Cutting your grass in the night doesn’t give your lawn much time to recover before nightfall. At night, your lawn is most susceptible to diseases and types of fungus which can damage your lawn. Giving your grass time to recover will help protect it from this.
The time of year you are mowing your lawn will also make a difference to your strategy. People often ask us questions like “when should I mow my lawn in the spring?”.
In the Spring, you should be often mowing (weekly is best) and in the Summer, around every two weeks. In Autumn, due to the rain, there will be increased growth, so keep mowing regularly. As we move into the Winter, there will be little growth, so you probably need to mow.
Also, make sure you have the right lawn mower for the job. Trying to cut your grass when the blades on your mower aren’t sharp will make it a lot harder and less efficient.
Have a look at the best lawn mower brands for the type of work you will be doing. Having the right tools for the job makes everything easier.
If you want to attract birds to your yard here are some must have tools to encourage your feathered friends! Birds make for a vibrant and enjoyable yard; it’s wonderful to hear them chirping and chattering away in the morning.
There are loads of benefits to attracting birds to your garden. They are an excellent pest control measure if you find yourself overrun with insects. They encourage flower pollination, and they are ideal for weed control.
Feeding the birds is the quickest and easiest method of encouraging the local wildlife into your garden.
Don’t get disheartened if the birds don’t turn up right away. They will need to scope out the area and make sure there is no danger. So, make sure your bird feeder or your bird table is in the right place. Having them at a low level will mean the birds will be nervous about coming down to get food.
They are much more vulnerable at ground level than they are at a height. Once they have got used to coming to your garden for lunch, they will be sure to return!
If there are particular birds you want to attract, it’s worth doing some research on the food they like to eat. If you provide their favorite snacks, they will be more likely to choose your garden to visit.
Some are pickier than others, while many will eat a wider variety of food. Make sure there aren’t too many leftover bits of food hanging around. If you left food out and scattered around, this may attract predators and could also attract other wildlife that may scare your birds away.
Always make sure you are providing water as well as food. We all know birds love a good bath, so a bird bath will be a great addition to your garden.
Attracting birds is made easier by providing natural food sources from them. Planting trees or shrubs that are laden with fruit or berries will attract birds. This will also attract bugs and insects that birds love to snack on.
Planting trees and shrubs will make for a more desirable home for these feathery creatures (as will providing a bird box). Make sure you consider the best place for bird box’s; this could be facing in a particular direction or at a particular height.
Remember that if they are too close to the ground birds will not want to nest in them as they won’t feel safe. Make sure your bird box is high enough off the ground, so it is well out of reach for any curious paws.
However you choose to attract more birds to your garden, you will soon notice the difference they make. Look forward to beautiful displays of preening, flashes of color and vibrant birdsong.
Taking care of a big yard can be seriously hard work. As soon as you have finished mowing the lawn if can feel like it’s time to start over again. So here are my top 5 tips for taking care of that yard:
Plan what you need to do in your garden to maintain it. Think about what you want your garden to look like and the time that is going to take you. Once you have formulated an idea, draw it out so you can see what it looks like on paper.
If you are making significant changes to your yard (or you have a blank canvas), it’s a very good idea to cut out the shapes of flower beds so you can move them around. This will show you what your idea looks like and enables you to move the design around until you achieve the look you want.
Setting out what you need to do and when you need to do it, gives you an overall view of the task. From that, you can estimate how long each task will take you and plan around that. You can separate this out by month or even by week or day.
Maintaining a big yard is made easier when you have a comprehensive schedule. When you have a great deal to do it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. Planning most important when you are maintaining your garden. Keeping on top of all the work that needs to be done, is the most difficult part.
Save time by using the right tool for the job. If you have a huge yard and a tiny push lawnmower, cutting the grass is going to take you forever. A sit on the mower (such as the Craftsman 20442) will be hugely beneficial to you regarding time-saving. Gone are the days of meandering up and down the lawn, cutting the grass and working up a serious sweat.
Ride on lawn mowers let you get the job done in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the hard work. Also, having work benches, sheds and the right gardening equipment will save you loads of time and back ache.
Overworking yourself because you have the wrong tools for the job is silly. The right tools maybe be a bit costlier, but they are an investment. Spending hours laid out flat on your back because you have hurt yourself isn’t worth it.
Don’t go choosing a selection of plants that are incredibly difficult to take care of. Pick things that look after themselves and require minimal maintenance. Shrubs can fill up space and look beautiful and don’t need constant care.
Consider how much time you want to be spent caring for your garden each week and plant accordingly. Don’t be afraid to let the grass grow a bit longer and relax the weeding schedule if needs are.
A garden feature such as a water feature, a pond or a structure such as an arbor. These can all be beautiful and give the appearance of a well looked after garden.
If you choose well, they won’t require that much maintenance, and you can focus your attentions elsewhere. They can also fill up some space if you have a large yard, meaning less grass cutting needs to be done!
But, if this all sounds like a lot of work I’d suggest you employ someone to do it for you. Then you can sit back and enjoy your garden with a drink in hand.
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