Many people request their lawn be cut biweekly in an attempt to save money but this is usually not good for your lawn and may end up costing you more money.
Lawns are healthiest when cut at a height of 3" - 4 1/2", if cut shorter they are less tolerant to drought, pest infestation, weeds, and disease. It is recommended not to cut more than 1/3rd the length of your grass as it causes damage to the grass blades which can cause your grass to be vulnerable to all of the above. To maintain a height of 3"-4 1/2" when cutting biweekly you would need to cut more than 1/3rd the length of your grass making it susceptible to problems. There will also be an abundance of clippings left laying on the grass which can also cause disease and dead spots. All of these potential problems could lead to you paying for extra fertilization, more watering of your lawn, and paying someone to get rid of the disease and pest infestation. Lawn care companies usually charge an extra fee to cut lawns biweekly as it takes longer because they have to go over the property with their equipment several times. It also causes wear and tear on the equipment, shortening it's life.
During dry periods when the grass is not growing your lawn care company should inform you when it is not necessary to cut your lawn in order to maintain it's health and aesthetics. We know that in this economy you want to save money in any area that you can but if you want your lawn to be healthy it is best to leave the decision to the professionals as to how often your lawn should be maintained.
Why Leaf Removal is Important for Your Yard
Leaf removal is not only important for aesthetic reasons but also for the health of your lawn. Leaves will smother your grass causing it to be unable to get light, air, and water thereby reducing the growth rate or killing it all together.
Decomposing leaves also encourage the growth of mold and fungus which can be dangerous for your grass, other plants, pets, and family. Leaves can get into drain pipes causing drainage problems for your yard and home. Dry Fall leaves often will gather around homes and other buildings which can be a fire hazard.
Mulching your flower beds is pleasing to the eye but also has many other functions. Below are some of the other benefits gained by mulching:
Mulching reduces the amount of weeds growing in your beds therefore making less labor and reducing competition for nutrient & water for your plants.
Reducing the extremes in soil temperature helps to reduce the stress on your plants during the winter and summer months. It also protects your bulbs during the freezing winter months.
Mulch helps to maintain moisture and reduce evaporation during the hot summer months. This can save both time and money.
Soil compaction can make it difficult for your plants to grow. Mulch buffers the ground so that the water can slowly enter the soil instead of eroding it during heavy rains and it keeps the soil moist so that it does not get compacted during dry periods. Mulching also encourages earth worms which improve aeration
Mulching helps reduce leaching of important nutrient from the soil from rain. Certain mulches when decomposing help to improve soil fertility.