Mowing Your Lawn

Did you know that a properly mowed lawn not only looks great, it also becomes thicker and is more resistant to weeds, disease and unwanted pests?

All lawns are not the same.
Different grasses require different mowing requirements. If you cut the turf grass too short it can become stressed, thin and have a shallower root system. It may also require pesticide applications to prevent weeds and discourage pests. Shorter leafs also prevent the plant from using soil nutrients efficiently. If your lawn is allowed to grow too tall it can result in wider leaf blades, a lower plant density and look unattractive. Regardless of the grass variety you have, it’s recommended that you should never remove more than the top third of the grass blade when mowing. This is important because grass is a living plant and regardless of the species, they all undergo some stress when mowed. 

Mowing Height
Cool season grasses such as Heat Wave, Macho Mix, Blue WaveEstate Mix and Stadium Special mowing height is between 2.5 - 3.5 inches.

Uncle's Tip:  Mow higher when it's hot & dry to shade the roots and fight off summer weed pressure. Mow a little lower in the cool seasons when we get plenty of moisture to encourage lateral spread.

Frequency
It's common to have a routine mowing schedule for your lawn. However; you should only mow your lawn when it needs mowing.  Grass will grow at different rates depending fertilization, season and weather conditions. In the spring, with longer days, cool temperatures and plenty of rain your grass grows quicker than in the summer, with high temperatures and less rainfall.

Mower blade sharpness
Keeping your mower blade sharpened! Keeping your mower blade sharpened! A cleaner cutting blade results in less stress on the grass and reduced chance of disease. A dull mower blade rips and shreds the grass leaf making the plant more susceptible to disease. 

Avoid mowing your lawn when it is wet
There are several reasons for not mowing your lawn when it’s wet. In addition to possibly jamming the mower blades and clogging the discharge chute, it also leaves clumps of grass on the lawn. Grass collecting on the mower blades also results in tearing the grass much like a dull blade.