Allow me to start out by saying that I sincerely appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to read what I have to stay. I realized last year that not everyone can afford a landscape professional to completely renovate their yard. It’s my civic duty to a share my secrets of how I, as a landscape professional, take a yard full or distressed lawn and weeds and turn it into the nicest lawn on the block. If you are a first time reader, I encourage you to click on steps 1-5 which are listed in the right hand margin to bring yourself up to speed.
No one said it was going to be easy. This process takes time and eager homeowners will need to possess a few basic things…
-Tools you probably already own
-The right knowledge and resources(provided by this blog, of course)
As a matter of fact, this is probably my favorite tip of them all. Today we learn a few of my personal secrets that will make your neighbors think that you hired the greenskeeper from Augusta National to mow your lawn.
We interupt this blog to bring you a quick word from our sponsor… (A fancy way for me to throw in my plug line that not only identifies who we are, while increasing our Google Ranking!!! )
Lundholm Landscaping is a full service landscape construction company that specializes in EXTREME Landscape Makeovers in Cape May County and beyond! Continue reading through to find our contact information!
Back to the reason that you are still reading…
It’s safe to assume, at this point, that you have put the previous 5 tips to use and now you are the proud owner of the greenest, healthiest lawn on your block! Now it’s time to polish off your skills and round our readers into the total PRO!
Let’s start with an advanced mowing technique that is a mystery to most. If you have ever watched a PGA tour event or a Major League Baseball game, you have certainly noticed the striped lines in the turf. Its actually a very simple attachment that bolts to the under side of any lawn mower. The concept is a medium weight roller that simply bends the grass blades over. The picture below was borrowed from patternyourlawn.com. Check them out!
Lawn rollers, like the one used above, come in every size and easily mount to push mowers, riding mowers and commercials mowers.
When “mowing for show”, remember to empty the bag as soon as it shows signs of being full, do not empty the bag when the lawn mower is on the sidewalk and always, always, always make straight, even lines. Start by making 2 complete laps around the area where you are mowing… as if you were a painter cutting in around windows and doors. Carefully(as slowly as you can stand it) cut the field of your lawn in a back and forth manner making sharp, crisp turns at the end of each row. Overlap the previous row by and inch or two to insure that there are no “Mohawks” and move on to the next section. Alternate the pattern in which you cut your lawn to avoid leaving permanent wheel lines. I like to use a 4 pattern rotation which involves north to south, east to west, northeast to southwest rounded out by northwest to southeast. Sometimes alternating patterns will require significantly more mowing time but perfection takes time. Be certain to sharpen your lawn mower blade every 5-7 cuts and set the mower height to 3 inches… NO SHORTER!!! Unless you are actually the greenskeeper at August National!
Edging is another area that most people only associate with sidewalks. I love a professionally edged sidewalk with tight square corners, but a properly edge flower bed separates the serious gardeners from the average Joe. For Planting Beds, I recommend a 3 inch deep edge. This depth separates the lawn from the mulch and looks AWESOME with a really cool shadow line. Another benefit is that grass roots dry out when exposed and minimize the likelihood of grass advancing into flower beds. The image below illustrates the difference between an average flower bed edge and a professional bed edge. I prefer to use a string trimmer turned on its side, but a blade edger works just as well.
The final aspect where the pros earn their money is trimming. String trimmers come in a variety of models ranging from electric, battery operated, gas powered and clean burning propane powered. There is no specialized technique for trimming. Don’t scalp the edges of your lawn and pay particular attention to where the debris is flying. Trim before mowing so that trimmings are sucked up by the lawn mower and aim your trimmings to keep them out of of flower beds(lessening the chance for weeds) and off of sidewalks. Do not trim too close to tree bark and avoid damage at all costs.
For those of you who have read and applied all of the previous 5 steps, you should be getting plenty of practice as you may find yourself mowing every 5-7 days! I’m very proud of you! Should any of you like to show off your work, feel free to send me pictures… Heck, I may even post them on a future blog or use them in one of my future books!
Feeling overwhelmed?? It’s ok! I’m here for you. I offer several options if you have a question…
Send me a direct message through any of the contact information listed below.
Click the link on the top right hand margin titled “landscaping tips delivered”. BTW I am almost up to my 500th subscriber!
Post a comment at the bottom of this blog.
Thanks again for reading and I look forward to Step 7!!!