To help maintain a beautiful lawn, proper mowing techniques are a must! Read on to learn some good-to-know- mowing do's and don'ts!
Summer Mowing Do’s!
- Mow the grass when it is dry and the sun is not directly overhead
- Mulch your clippings to return the nutrients to the soil
- Sharpen the mower blades approximately every two months, more or less depending on the size of your lawn
- Change your mowing pattern every so often, mowing vertically, horizontally and diagonally
- Mow your lawn on a high setting, leaving at least a 3” blade behind. Higher mowed grass will have long, deeper roots that will be able to find moisture during the hottest days.
Summer Mowing Don’ts!
- Don’t mow too short! Mowing too short will cause shallow roots and a stressed, brown lawn.
- Don’t cut more than a third of the grass blade at one cutting. If the lawn gets too tall, break it down into multiple cuts with about three days in between.
- Don’t leave large clumps of grass on the turf. These clumps will block the sunlight and cause the areas of turf underneath to turn yellow.
- Don’t mow with dull blades. Dull blades will rip the grass and make it susceptible to disease and insect feeding.
- Don’t excessively edge! Excessive edging creates a prime environment for crabgrass and weed breakthrough.
Enjoy your summer mowing season!