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Keeping Your Lawn Looking Sharp This Fall

lawn-greenFall is my favorite season of the year for working in my garden. Summer has passed, there is usually some repairs to be made, and as the leaves start to fall from the trees and the temperature drops a little I can spend hours tending to my lawn.

There is also some important maintenance to carry out if you want to keep your lawn looking sharp and strengthen it up before winter arrives.

Here are the key areas to focus on to keep your lawn in tip-top condition during fall:

Keep Your Lawn Free from Leaves

lawn-free-leavesLeaves are almost certainly going to be a problem during fall. After all, fall is named ‘fall’ because of all the leaves starting to fall from the trees. It’s important to keep your lawn free from leaves, so rake them daily, or if this seems like a chore you can always use a leaf blower.

If you leave leaves to pile up on your lawn they will start to decompose pretty quickly. Attracting bugs, insects, and doing damage to your lovely green lawn.

Aerate Your Lawn

In my experience, a lot of people just don’t aerate their lawn or don’t do it when it’s really needed. Aerating your lawn allows more air, water, and nutrients to travel to the roots. It’s simple to do, all you need to do is press a pitchfork into the soil to create some airflow.

In fall the soil is usually moist and easy to penetrate. It’s important to do this before winter to maximize the nutrients reaching the roots of your lawn and create good airflow before a frost covers the surface.

Adjusting Your Mowing Height

lawn-lowerA common mistake in fall is to keep your lawn long to enter winter with a thick, flourishing lawn. This actually weakens your lawn and will lead to a patchy lawn. What you should be doing is trimming your lawn lower and lower until you’re down to around 1.5” in length.

 

Overseeding

lawn-overseedingFall is also a good time to overseed your lawn. Essentially, this means spreading more seed all over your lawn to thicken up the lawn giving it a fuller, healthier look and feel. This is also a good opportunity to locate areas of your lawn not growing as well and find out why.

Just throw some seed down in the early evening in the early weeks of fall. Fall is a moist season in most areas, the seed will germinate quickly and you will be mowing the new seed along with the existing lawn before winter.

Picking the Right Fertilizer

It’s vitally important you use the right fertilizer during the months of fall. Most quality brands label their fall products and make it easy for you. You need a fertilizer higher in nitrogen than what you used in summer. Nitrogen is a compound responsible for strengthening lawns at the roots and stimulating growth.

In Summary

The above points cover just about everything you need to know to keep your lawn looking sharp during fall. Keeping on top of the leaves and other debris that may blow across your lawn is incredibly important, and along with the basic maintenance as discussed you should have no problem maintaining a lawn to be proud of.

Bio – I’m Mike, what started out as a helping my father in the garden become a hobby, then a passion, and now a career. You can find me at yardday.com where I share my knowledge and answer any questions.

How to mow your lawns the right way!

To make a “green carpet” in front of your house that will be your pride and joy, it is necessary to regularly take care of it. That involves watering it the right way, fertilizing it, and mowing it. Mowing of grass, except for aesthetic reasons, is also important because of vegetative reasons that affects the density of the grass, stimulates the growth and root development.

Make sure you mow your lawn when its dry, and the grass height will depend on its purpose. For ornamental lawns, the planned height is between 1.5 and 2.5 centimeters, and those that are often stepped on, should be cut to a height of 2.5 to 4 centimeters.

Ornamental Lawns

It is necessary to check the sharpness of the mower blades, as dull blades tear the leaves, leading to damaged turf, and then the grass leaves dehydrate and becomes more susceptible to diseases. After the first mowing, the entire area should be mowed in a diametrically opposite direction (If the first mowing was done by the width the second time it should be done by the length). And remember, always walk behind the mowers, for your own safety.

Proper mowing stimulates the growth of new shoots that make the cover uniformly spread and provide thicker and stronger roots, which prevents weed growth. The frequency of mowing depends on the height of the cut: the lower, the more frequent mowing. It also depends on the type of pitch or a mixture of seed that is sown.

When a mixture of traditional mowing is done every 10 to 15 days, and during greater vigor (late Spring and early Summer) and more often, once a week. New seed mixtures are composed of slow-growing grass, which reduces the need for mowing.

Let them grow for a third more than the height to which you mow it. This way the grass will be greener and healthier. If you let the grass grow too much, you’ll have to cut the grass deep in the crown, which weakens the grass and allows weed seeds to germinate.

When mowing the new lawn you should allow the grass to grow to 7.5 inches and then mowed to a height of two, best by hand, with a sharp scythe or sickle. The, next time, mow the lawn. Cut grass can be left on the lawn, because these residues serve as an excellent natural organic fertilizer.

Save water

When you mow the lawn properly, it will not only look nicer and neater, but it will as well as save water. The height of grass affects the root system. If the grass is harvested at the correct height, the root system will grow in depth and allow her to be healthy.

Cutting down the grass too low, leads the root system to a state of shock, and makes them vulnerable to infection and disease. Deeply planted grasses use water more efficiently than the one that are planted low and therefore can withstand longer without water between two mowing.

The technique of cutting

Indeed, there is an excellent technique of cutting – it is better to slightly cut more frequently than all at once. Chawalk behind mowersnge mowing direction each time you mow and once again, always walk behind mowers, for your own safety. Otherwise, you will smash the grass leaf always in one direction, and this will lead to faster drying of the grass. If you usually mow grass to the right, change direction and mow the left.

Occasionally, you should mow diagonally, changing sides. If you want to make a tape, such as those in stadiums, for example, you need a mower on the rear side of a roller. Stones can line up the grass in one direction, with prominent bright, shiny, underside of the grass. With this technique you can create strips, squares or circles on your lawn.

 

A Quick Guide to lawn mower repair

How to replace the membrane on the mower

When the old mower pulls poor, chokes, doesn’t have enough strength, consumes too much fuel, and the spark is all black, it is a sign that it gets too much fuel and the mixture is too rich with the oil. This is caused by a worn-out membrane in the carburetor.

With a small amount of money, and just a little effort, you can replace the membrane and do the lawn mower repair by yourself, and the old mower will work like new.

Lawn Mower Repair

The first thing you need to do is to disconnect the air filter and wash it in gasoline, dry it out and put little engine oil on it. Then remove the carburetor and the tank, because usually, this is the only way that you can reach the membrane. Once you reach the membrane, remove it, and take it to the store or a service. Buy one just like it, put it in the place you found it and assemble the mower in reverse order.

How to sharpen a knife mower

If the blade is badly damaged or worn out, replace it. If it’s just dull, sharpen it. The knife can be easily removed with a conventional wheel removal key. Here you will need the help of another person. One person has to wear gloves, and hold the knife while the other person uses the wheel key for unscrewing the screw that holds the knife.

Basically, the direction of releasing the screw is exactly the same as the direction of rotation of the blade and it will again determine the best position of the blade. Sharpening the blade will easily be done by grabbing the knife in a vice and with an angle grinder.

Please note that it is necessary to keep the angle of the blade which is already determined.

After sharpening, put the knife on the pen and make sure that everything is in balance. If any party prevails, have that side sharpened again, until you remove enough material to achieve balance. A knife that is not balanced will create a large and very dangerous vibrations, which can destroy the mower, but there is also a danger of injury.

How to change the oil in the mower

Before each mowing season, change the oil in the mower. Before changing the oil, turn the mower on, and let the engine warm up. Place the mower in such a position to have access from below…

  • From below you should see the sump cap.Lawn Mower Change Oil
  • Place a container for the used oil under the plug hole.
  • Unscrew the plug completely and drain the oil.
  • After all waste oil has leaked, screw the cap back.
  • Find the plug in the control of the oil filler.
  • Unscrew the plug.
  • Select motor oil, medium quality will do just fine.
  • Pour carefully, do not pour too much, check the factory prescribed measures.
  • Check the oil level measuring stick on cap

Now you are ready for another season of lawn mowing.

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