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Blog entry by stefang posted 07-21-2010 05:22 AM 1448 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know you all must be really tired of looking at my lawn, so I just had to post new photos of it, lol.

My reason for doing so isn’t to brag about it though. My real purpose is to share my experience. We got a new rotary mower and I didn’t realize that the height adjustment was a little different than on my old mower. this resulted in me cutting the grass too short, but I didn’t realize it for awhile. I couldn’t figure out why the lawn wasn’t as nice as usual, but I put it down to the unusually dry weather we’ve been having this year.

I finally realized that I had to cut it higher, and that made all the difference. I’ve read quite a few articles advocating leaving it long and I have practiced this for many years with success now. For appearance it isn’t important to have it short, but to have it level regardless of height. Taller grass is more robust and better able to compete with weeds and also to retain moisture. Another good rule is to never cut more than 1/3 of the length at any time, because if you do it will put it into shock thereby reducing it’s general health. In case you don’t already know this I hope you will fine the info useful.

It would be interesting to hear how you tend your own lawn and what your thoughts are on this subject.
Here are the latest ho hum shots.

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Thanks for reading. I hope your are all having a great summer.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian



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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
hardiness zone 7

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Greenthumb

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posted 07-21-2010 08:06 AM

Thats nice looking grass and I love the look of a well groomed lawn, just love it but

It doesnt matter to my FIL, he’s a weapon, a grass demon and just as I get my grass looking like yours he comes and cuts right down to the dirt, the sun comes out and its almost instantly dead. If he’s not ruining the grass hes planting evasive vines or spraying KILLEX over flowers and shrubs.

Sighhhhh

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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sharad

1671 posts in 3025 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 07-21-2010 08:24 AM

Mike, I am never fed up at looking at your lawn specially when your posting gives some importing hints. The green color of your lawn is so soothing to the eyes.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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donjoe

220 posts in 2793 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 07-21-2010 08:27 AM

Mike it shows that you give much attention to your lawn and garden. They look so healthy and inviting. Great tips on mowing also.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-21-2010 09:03 AM

You are absolulely correct about the height, Mike. I insisted that our 52 house assoication lawn maintenance chap raise his mower for all of the houses, and take his time cutting, and the grass in the entire community looks so much better. He still needs to control his weedwacking edger more, but other than that, I am pleased.

That being said, your lawn is amazing, and makes ours look not so good. I imagine it has a lot to do with temperature and moisture. Our heat has been very high this summer, and the spraying for weeds in the lawn has been banned. All weeds have to be picked by hand, and not everyone does it.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

7374 posts in 3588 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-21-2010 09:26 AM

Lawn is looking good again Mike.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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sharad

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hardiness zone 11

posted 07-21-2010 10:00 AM

In my above comment the word importing should be read important. Sorry for the mistake.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-21-2010 10:02 AM

I just have to say it, “ho hum”

ok now that I have that out of my system… I LOVE looking at your lawn. Mine will never look like that so I get to enjoy the serenity, tidiness, etc of such a lawn via your photos!!

Keep them coming.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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stefang

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hardiness zone 7

posted 07-21-2010 01:39 PM

Greenthumb I’m glad I don’t have your problem.

jroot Yes, it is true that the climate here is almost perfect for growing grass, so I definitely have a big natural advantage over those who have very warm and dry summers. All the more reason of course for those with warmer summers to tend the lawn in an optimal way. We have had a relatively dry year ourselves, but our temperatures have mostly been averaging about 20C. We had a week or so of rain altogether and that has certainly helped too. I have been mowing the lawn every 3-4 days because it has been growing so fast!

Good to hear from everyone! I spend more time on Lumberjocks because of my woodworking obsession, but I do enjoy your company here and seeing all the beautiful flowers and wonderful gardens, and I do appreciate your generous comments to my limited (only the lawn) contributions. I am planning a little garden project for the fall though which will give me the opportunity to make a new blog to once again test your patience.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Iris43

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posted 07-21-2010 02:48 PM

I guess I have to repeat MsDeb’s observation….To enjoy the serenity, tidiness and soothing appearance of your magnificent lawn, because it’s beyond my power to have my own lawn look even half as good. I do not find your pictures tiring at all. Your little piece of the earth is lovely…... green, green grass and very neatly kept gardens with interesting shrubs and plants. Very different from mine. That’s what makes everyone’s gardening so interesting…the difference.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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stefang

393 posts in 2786 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 07-21-2010 03:03 PM

Thank you for your the kind thoughts Iris. I do agree with you that it’s the differences and what each gardener emphasizes that make things interesting.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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jc3

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-21-2010 10:46 PM

I could gaze upon your pictures for hours. Your lawn looks like carpeting. You are right about the mowing – my Dad always said, “Mow high and mow often”. I mow by those words. Unfortunately, my lawn looks nothing like yours. Your garden is glorious! Please, keep posting!

-- Jennifer, Central Iowa

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soobee

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hardiness zone 3

posted 03-14-2011 09:41 AM

beautiful lawn! wow

-- bee with what is...:) soob

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lavender22

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hardiness zone 8a

posted 03-04-2013 06:06 PM

Very nice:) I don’t have a lawn:(

-- I love hostas:)

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