Tips & Tricks

Lawn Care

Here at Sims we love caring for our lawn, and we hope you do to, and to help you care for your lawn here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep your grass greener.

 

Don’t cut too quickly

Haste can make a waste of your lawn. This is particularly true with tall or wet grass, which resists a swift cut. But even in dry conditions, a rushed job leads to uneven shearing and leaves behind clumps of poorly mulched clippings. You also risk damaging the mower and most likely belts, especially on ride-on […]

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Always vary your mowing pattern

Avoid mowing in the same direction or pattern each time you mow. When you do this, you risk compacting soil and actually creating ruts. Both compacted soil and ruts can lead to grass that’s less healthy, followed by weeds that thrive in compacted soil.

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Mulching

When you let grass clippings lie on the lawn after cutting, that’s called mulching. It not only saves you time (no more bagging clippings), but it also saves money (no more lawn waste bags or fees). Grass clippings can provide up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs, so you’ll save some dough on […]

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Avoid mowing wet grass.

Mowing a wet lawn doesn’t harm the grass, but it doesn’t yield the best results. Wet grass fills and clogs a mower deck. It also has a tendency to fall over and clump together as you mow, creating an uneven cut. Watch for clumps of wet grass that fall off the mower. Remove these from […]

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Raise the height of cut in shady areas.

Lawns that grow in shady areas benefit from a higher mowing height. Longer grass blades have a greater surface area for conducting photosynthesis. In a low-light situation, this is a great benefit and a secret to growing a healthy lawn in the shade.

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Avoid scalping grass, which is cutting it too short.

A scalped lawn is vulnerable to diseases and weed infestation. Scalped turf tends to be weak and sparse, which exposes soil. One of the No. 1 contributors to weed success is exposed soil that allows weed seed to take root. A sparse lawn also lets sunlight reach weed seedlings and give them a boost. Grass […]

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Try not to remove more than one third of the grass length on any one occasion.

A healthy lawn can survive an occasional close cut. Repeated close mowing produces a brown lawn and has several harmful side effects, including: Injury to the crown, where new growth generates and nutrients are stored. Reduction of the surface area of the blade, making the blade surface insufficient to produce food through photosynthesis. Increased vulnerability to pests and […]

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