Did you know that improper mowing is one of the most common causes of lawn damage? The best in the lawn care industry would agree that mowing techniques can have a big impact on your lawn’s health and overall appearance. Consistent and proper mowing techniques will promote thicker turf and stronger grass roots, creating a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant lawn. Here are our top five mowing techniques that are sure to be a neighborhood favorite.
Mower Blade Height
Set your blade lower in early spring to remove dead blades of grass and raise your blade during drought conditions in the summer to reduce the stress on your lawn. Shady grasses grow better if mowed a little higher.
Despite the mower height recommendations, you should always leave your grass tall enough to maintain healthy roots and short enough to look well-manicured. When you mow, you are actually shocking the grass, so as a general rule, only take off one-third of the grass blade height with each mowing. It’s a tough balance but the right combination of mower height and grass height can do wonders for your lawn!
Don’t mow your lawn in the same direction each time. What? Yes, you read it right. Mowing in the same direction each time can compact the soil and cause grass to lean and grow in the direction it was mowed. By rotating directions each time, your grass with grow taller and more upright.
You might be tempted to, but mowing wet grass causes an uneven cut and a messy looking lawn, not to mention it will also clog your mower, causing an unwanted visit to the lawn doctor.
If your lawn is overdue for a mowing and has become long and overgrown, which does happen, don’t try to mow it down all at once. This puts stress on grass and grass roots and can cause your grass to die. Remove only one-third of the grass height, let the grass recover for three or four days, then take off another one-third of the height. That’ll teach ya’ not to wait too long.
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