Mowing For A Dense Lawn
A Solar Factory
Sunlight is ‘trapped’ by the leaves of the grass to power this grass plant ‘factory’. It works the same way solar panels heat water. You will need bigger solar panels to get the maximum amount of water. However, if the solar panels are small then the water will not be much.
A 2” long grass has a bigger leaf area. You can make your lawn greener and healthy by exposing the grass to lots of sunlight. The leaf will be able to make plenty of food for the grass. If the amount of solar is reduced by putting the lawn in the shade, then less food will be produced.
The plant’s protection system will kick in when you reduce the amount of sun the grass gets. The leafs start growing faster to replace the ones cut. So the closer you mow your lawn the faster the grass grows.
The grass cannot manufacture food with inadequate amount of leaf. This is why the future survival depends on the leaf. If for instance a gale blew away your solar panels during the winter. You will have to replace them or freeze to death. Grass leaves are as important as the grass plant.
Impact Of Close Mowing
After a ‘close’ mowing, all the plants food reserves get used up to replace the cut leaves at the expense of maintaining the good color and fighting off disease.
This type of mowing reduces rooting depth and reduces the supply of water into the plant. This causes stress, weakness and when the dry spell is extended, death is inevitable to the grass.
What We Learn From The Story
We should treat leaves with the respect they deserve since they are vital organs. The health of the plant can be affected by anything that reduces the size or quality of the leaf. So you also have to be sympathetic in order to get that healthy lawn.
In case you cut the grass below ¾” and your lawn is still patchy, thin or full of moss or weeds then you need to check your lawn mower. You can however give your grass a fantastic dense green look if you cut at the right height, in the right way and at the right time.
A bowling green or golf green looks so good because it is always kept at 6mm or ¼ “. This height is the best for bent grass and the maintenance routine that’s employed enables the grass to survive at this height. With other maintenance jobs, the golf green will always look good. So the closer you mow, the more maintenance you will have to do.
The grass bleeds in the same way we do when we are cut. We bleed blood and the grass bleeds sap but it’s the same thing. Just like in humans, a jagged cut takes time to heal and is prone to infections than a clean cut. This is why you should always make sure your lawn mower has sharp blades and uses plenty of power to enable your grass heal faster after a cut.