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Summer Mowing Tips

Posted 2022-07-08

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.
  • Result of dull mower blades
  • Don’t excessively edge! Excessive edging creates a prime environment for crabgrass and weed breakthrough.
  • Crabgrass breakthrough due to excessive edging.

Enjoy your summer mowing season!