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How to Take Care of Your Overgrown Lawn

Posted on September 7th, 2016 by Prunin Arboriculture & Landscape

Were you away on a long vacation or didn’t get time to take care of your lawn due to your busy schedule? And now, your lawn has gone out of control with overgrown grass and weeds. Don’t worry! Here’s what you should do to restore your lawn to a lush green carpet.

How to Take Care of Your Overgrown Lawn

Have Patience and Follow a Gradual Approach
Mowing and restoring your lawn requires patience and careful planning. You just don’t cut the grass all at once. This is the worst thing to do as it can severely damage your lawn. You should cut the lawn gradually over several weeks to avoid the sudden loss of nutrients.

Remove the Top Layer of the Grass First
Use a weed trimmer to cut the grass back to half its current height. Water your lawn and leave it for a few days to allow it to repair itself. Repeat the same after 3-4 days and cut the grass until it reaches the height of 6-8 inches. Leave the lawn again for a few days.

Now It’s Mowing Time
By this time, you lawn will be short enough to be mowed by a lawn mower. Set the mower to the right height so it can cut down a third of your lawn’s current height. Mow it with overlapping passes to get a uniform and even cut. Water your lawn evenly and deeply and leave it for several days. Mow it every 3-4 days until it reaches the required height.

Regular Lawn Care
Regular mowing is important to keep the lawn healthy and green all year round. Mowing after every 1-2 weeks in the summer season and after every 2-3 weeks in the spring and autumn months is ideal. While it’s not recommended to do any repair work, including mowing in winter as the lawn cannot adapt or repair itself when it is in semi dormancy.

Rules of Thumb
Remember the one-third rule-never cut more than one third of the grass at any given time. Try to mow your lawn in different directions every time to help the grass grow straight. Don’t cut the grass when it is wet. Make sure the blades of your mower are sharp to ensure a clean cut. Rather than following a calendar schedule, determine your mow time by the height of the grass.

Now that you know all the secrets of improving the health and appearance of your lawn, it’s time to get started.

Happy mowing!

Let us know if you need more tips and assistance to take care of your overgrown lawn.

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