Make the most of your backyard space with a mower-friendly lawn.
While proper mower selection is central to minimizing mowing time, so too is the amount—and configuration—of grass you’ll be maintaining. By creating a mower-friendly lawn as part of your overall landscape design, you can realize a beautiful backyard space—and a lawn that’s quicker and easier to cut!
As you begin to put a plan together in preparation for spring mowing season, use these tips to help guide your thinking.
Create a Center
Utilize beds around the perimeter of your lawn—especially in corners or odd-shaped areas—to create a central lawn space that’s accessible to mow.
Separate your lawn and ornamental plantings with borders to help clearly define the areas you’ll be mowing.
Plant small fruit trees, plants, and exotic blooms in appropriately sized pots. By doing so, you’ll be able to position them on patios and other yard spaces outside your mowing path.
Plant in Groups
Groups plants closely together (following species-specific recommendations), then fill the spaces between them with mulch or stepping stones. Either option will alleviate the hassle of mowing around individual plants.
Utilize retaining walls, raised beds, and trellises as vertical anchors for ornamental flowers and ivies. By growing them up and away from the lawn, you’ll create clear mowing lanes.
Once you have created the perfect lawn and landscape, be sure to plan out your lawn care schedule using this helpful month-by-month lawn care guide.