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Are You Mowing Your Lawn Correctly?
Mowing is one of the most important aspects of lawn care, and how you mow will affect the way it looks.
Proper mowing will improve the quality of your lawn, increase the health of the turf and decrease weeds.
Mow often enough that you only remove 1/3 of grass blades each time.
If you remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade, your lawn will likely look brown after mowing. Also, the grass plant will redirect energy and nutrients away from the roots to produce new leaves, resulting in a weaker root system. When you mow too short, the grass plant doesn’t have enough leaf tissue surface to effectively make food for itself through photosynthesis. Check our mowing height and frequency charts for your grass type.
If you get behind in mowing, raise the mowing height so that you don’t remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade, and then gradually lower the height on the next few mowings.
We’ve all done it— we’ve gotten too busy to mow, and suddenly, the grass is REALLY high. It’s very tempting to simply mow it down all at once to your desired height. But mowing off several inches at a time is detrimental to your lawn. Instead, follow the “1/3 of the grass blade” rule above and then lower it a little with your next mowing, until it’s back to the correct height.
Mow often enough that you don’t have to bag the clippings.
Mowing is a lot of work during the summer, but your reward will be a nicer looking lawn! Many people have a schedule, like mowing every Saturday. Unfortunately, the best time to mow is when your lawn needs mowing! During the growing season, that could be every 3-4 days. When you mow often enough that you don’t have to bag clippings, you are also “recycling” your fertilizer. When you leave tips of grass blades on the lawn, the nutrients found in them are returned to the lawn, and your grass will stay greener. When you’re mowing often enough, leaving clippings on the lawn does not contribute to thatch, as previously believed.
Mow at the proper height.
Proper mowing height is essential for the health of your grass. You can’t mow fescue at 1” during the summer or it will die. Likewise, if you mow your hybrid Bermuda at 3.5”, it will quickly become straggly and unsightly and will be more susceptible to weed problems.
Keep your mower blades very sharp.
If you don’t keep your mower blades sharp, you will be tearing the grass, rather than cutting it. Not only will this result in a browning effect after you mow, but it also leaves the grass wide open to fungus and other diseases, as well as insect invasion and water loss. Grass cut with a sharp blade will recover more quickly, have better water retention, and enjoy increased photosynthesis. Mower blades should be sharpened at least twice each season.
Mow in a different pattern each time.
Mowing in a different direction will reduce wear and tear on the lawn from the lawnmower wheels, reduce compaction, and eliminate visible “mowing lines.”
At Fairway Lawns, we put the best services and products into caring for your lawn. Our exclusive treatment program provides the right balance of weed control and fertilizer to help maximize the grass you have while significantly reducing your weeds. It’s a lawn care prescription that will give you a healthier, thicker and much greener yard. We’re so confident that you will be completely satisfied with our services, we back our work with a money back guarantee on your last application. Contact us today.
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