There’s no scientific formula that applies to all lawns when it comes to how long you should wait in between mowing jobs. But by looking at these areas, you can become a yard pro and mow the lawn exactly when it needs it. Just make sure to check out our lineup so you always have the best tools for the job!
Having a lush and healthy lawn isn’t always a matter of just watering and cutting it. To take it to the next level, mulching it is one of the best difference-makers in the game. But before you let that freshly cut grass fly all over your lawn, read these tips from Mower Source first and see how to be more strategic about mulching.
The lawn mowing season has just begun, but remember, it’s a marathon and not a sprint. You’ve still got many months ahead of you where you’ll have to cut the lawn, and there are going to be days when it feels more like a grind than a fun gig. We here at Mower Source compiled some tips you can use to pace yourself both in the short- and long-term.
Last week, we covered all the awesome aspects of a zero turn mower. They’re remarkably agile in spite of their size, they get the job done incredibly quickly and cut down on extraneous tools, and they’re fun and safe to use. But we here at Mower Source know that there’s one drawback to a zero turn mower: you need a fairly sizeable yard to warrant one. If your grass is more on the foot-friendly side, then a walk-behind mower is probably best for you.
Spring is so close, you can almost taste it. The snow’s slowly beginning to melt, the mercury is creeping up, and in just a couple of days, the clocks will be going ahead to give us more sunlight during the day. We’re not quite there yet, but we will be soon. And to get you started, Mower Source will be starting off the season by taking a look at Zero Turn mowers, which are among the biggest, most efficient and easiest to use of all lawn mowers. So, let’s bring on spring by taking a look at why so many people love them.
At Mower Source, we know it’s important to focus on more than just your grass. Your lawn may be the first thing that people see when they pass by your yard, but the extra somethings planted out there are what will get them to look twice. Bulbs are one of the most popular flowers to plant, and one of the easiest, too. They’re durable, hardy and bloom in vibrant colors, but they do require a bit of strategy to get them to that show-stopping level. Read on to learn how you can get your neighbors thinking you’re a master gardener, and don’t forget to visit our sister site, Snow Blower Source, to score amazing deals on snow blowers.
We’re on the cusp of that time of year when the leaves start to change in glorious arrays of colors, an explosion of magnificent reds, vibrant yellows and glowing oranges. Forests become nature’s own landscape as she paints the hills and valleys in stunning hues, putting on a breathtaking art show that’s free every year. There are some places in this country where the vistas are particularly beautiful, places where people go out of their way to visit. Mower Source the 7 best bets for this year’s fall colors.
This location gets the top spot because of its sheer size and enormity. You can see gorgeous landscapes for miles and miles, with craggy mountaintops poking their heads through the trees. The only downside is the fall colors viewing season in Aspen is short, so head there as soon as you’ve finished this article.
There’s the field of entrants in the country’s best fall colors, and then there’s this show-stopper in Stowe, Vermont. The nickname for Stowe (that it calls itself, anyway) is “Fall’s Color Capital”, and it’s easy to see why when cruising down the Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road. You feel like it was designed just for you.
Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia/North Carolina
Pack up for a 500-mile road trip that’ll take you through some of the most dazzling fall colors display you’ve ever seen. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best known routes for viewing the changing colors, and it seems like the road’s been set up just for this: it moves with the land instead of cutting through it.
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Sometimes, you want just that extra bit of something special with your fall colors, so how about a waterfall? The Columbia River Gorge is a sort of unofficial border between Oregon and Washington, cutting through the Cascade Mountains. One of the best vantage point for seeing firs, cottonwoods, big-leaf maples, and Oregon ash is on the tall, tall bridge.
Moosehead Lake Region, Maine
No fall colors list would be complete without including Maine, but veer off the trodden trail and check out something a little more different. Drive close to the Canadian border where Moosehead Lake is, and let yourself be entranced on the dipping and rising highway as the stunning display comes into view. At about 75 miles, it’s more than easily doable as a day trip.
Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Vermont’s another one of those magical areas that seems like it was specially designed to host a staggeringly beautiful art display. The route is 11 miles long, so instead of driving through it, park the car and hike it. You’ll get a much better chance to really soak in the natural beauty here, and there’ll be plenty of photo ops along the way. Just remember to start early so you can avoid the inevitable crowds all arriving for the same reason as you.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee
The last selection on this list may appear to be a bit of a cliche, but it’s only viewed as such to people who’ve never been here before. If you have, you know that absolutely nothing compares to the 800 miles of roads and hiking trails and huge impressive show of fall colors. The beauty is that you’ll run out of oaks, maples, sweetgums, and hickories in one of America’s most visited national parks, giving you plenty of opportunities for return trips to keep seeing something new.
You’ll have your own little fall colors show in your backyard, but as a homeowner, those leaves won’t pick themselves up. Make sure you’ve got Mower Source’s leaf gear with you for the most efficient job possible, and enjoy free shipping on anything you get.
It’s that time of year everyone doesn’t quite look forward to: school’s back in session and you have to watch out for kiddies on the roads, and the weather is changing for the chillier. While the days are still quite warm, the mercury during the night drops down quite a bit and now you’re reaching for a heavy sweater or jacket in the mornings and evenings. Yes, fall is definitely on its way. And with the next season brings a new way of tending to your grass and garden, so zip up your hoodie, grab a mug of hot tea, and keep reading.
Don’t Change Much about Mowing the Grass
Keep up your regular mowing schedule and how you water the lawn, too, right through the fall. We’re not at the frost cutoff just yet, so your grass still needs regular trimming to keep it healthy and looking good. But what you do want to do is change the blade height a little. Just tweak the height a little bit as the weather gets colder so more sun can reach the grass blades. Depending on where you live, this may not have to happen just yet, so keep watching the weather channel for when you do have to.
Aerate Your Lawn
This is something you should be doing right now so your grass gets the best fighting chance for winter dormancy as possible. You want to make sure oxygen, fertilizer and water can reach into the deep spots under the earth line, and aerating does that. The job doesn’t take very long and you can easily rent a gas-powered walk behind aerator, which will poke little holes into the earth and remove those grass plugs so nutrients can get in.
Repair Any Damaged Spots
You may have tried to fix bald or patchy spots on your lawn during the summer, and found that the searing heat of the sun made new grass growth difficult. Now, as the weather’s getting cooler, you don’t have to content with blistering heat that kills grass before it has a chance to sprout. Rake the soil in the patchy area so the dirt is ready to receive new grass, put a healthy layer of lawn repair mixture over it, and water so it can start sprouting. After the first watering, you don’t have to be as regular in your watering and only go at it every week or two weeks.
Apply a Layer of Fall Fertilizer
We call it “fall fertilizer”, but there’s nothing on the market that’s geared to work better in cold weather instead of high summer. Instead, fertilizer is grouped according to the ratio of the nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) and you’ll need to pick out a blend depending on the kind of grass you have and where you live. But what’s awesome about applying fertilizer in the fall is you’re giving your grass an extra boost of nutrients to tide it over during the winter, as well as helping out the grass roots and rhizomes now. Just make sure the fertilizer is spread well and evenly over your entire lawn.
Rake the Leaves
The one thing you don’t want to do is wait until the trees have dropped all their leaves because then your job will be needlessly difficult. Plus, the leaves will get wet, heavy and stuck together, also making raking harder than it has to be. Instead, chip away at it little by little so it never seems like a gargantuan task. Clearing your grass of leaves helps ensure your lawn doesn’t suffocate under a wet, clumpy mat so it looks great in the spring.
Mower Source is here for you through great sunny days and cool rainy ones. We know how important it is to care for your lawn year round, even when there’s a layer of snow covering it. To make sure you’re doing an ace job all the time, check out our selection for the best tools for the job. And on everything you buy, there’s never any shipping!
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