After a period of heavy rain, your lawn can grow rapidly. Lawns that are not frequently watered and are more drought tolerant will process the nutrients as quickly as possible. Overgrown lawns can appear in a matter of a week, but it can also happen if a lawn has not been properly maintained for a period of time. If your yard is getting out of hand, here is what you need to know about treating an overgrown lawn.
Austin Lawn Law
The Austin Code Department has a law against tall grass on a person’s property. The code states that grass greater than 12 inches tall is failing to maintain a safe and sanitary condition. The code is not heavily enforced but people have been known to get stuck with a $500 fine for the city to come out and maintain your yard.
Hire A One time Lawn Care Service
Single most lawn care services are convenient to get rid of your problem quickly. Lawn care companies offer a one time mow for overgrown yards that have gotten out of hand. A one time mow on average will be a little more expensive than ongoing lawn care because it requires more work, and is hard on the equipment.
Preparing your Lawn Mower
If you are going to handle your overgrown lawn yourself you should consider preparing your lawn mower first. If you have a push mower, you will have to call a lawn care company but if you have an electric or gas mower you could move forward with doing it yourself.
Sharpen Mower Blades
If you are tuning up your mower to handle the extra stress of tall grass it is smart to sharpen your mower blades. Mower blades will wear down and dull over time, and the thicker blades of grass in an overgrown lawn will be put more stress on the engine with a dull blade.
Tune Up Your Engine
This may not be the case for electric lawn mowers, but if your gas mower has not been tuned up in a while it may be crucial to check your fluids and spark plugs. The extra strain that is going to be put onto your lawn mower can cause it to overheat and bog down. You will need your mower to be operating at its highest potential when you are mowing tall grass.
Adjust the Cutting Height
You will need to adjust the cutting height of your lawn mower to its highest setting when mowing tall grass. The height setting is adjusted at the wheels of the mower and can be increased to cut a few inches higher than normal. You will need to cut higher not only so your engine will not be as strained but because you will need to reach the blade of grass and not the stock. When a lawn is overgrown the stocks of grass will shoot up higher than normal cutting the stock grass will make it harder to grow back
Stop Frequently When Mowing
You will need to stop frequently when mowing an overgrown lawn, especially if you are operating an electric lawn mower. Electric lawn mowers will easily overheat with the extra strain of tall grass and can cause a short circuit or a rapid burnout of the motor. Gas mowers will also get bogged down and may require for you to take it slow to avoid stalling out.
Use a Mulch Collector
You may want to use a bag on your lawn mower when the lawn gets too tall. The tall blades of grass will likely cover your entire lawn that can block out light. You can use the mulch setting on your mower to ensure that the useful nutrients are added back to your soil, but you should also distribute the mulch with a rake later.
Call In For Lawn Help
If you need help tackling your lawn it is best to call in the professionals. Here at Just Right Lawns we offer a one time mow that will handle your overgrown lawn quickly. Avoid the $500 fine that the Austin city will issue you, and prevent your lawn mower from breaking with the extra stress of an overgrown lawn. Contact Just Right Lawns today to see our affordable one-time lawn care package can best serve your needs.