It’s spring, and everyone’s lawn is growing again. Now is a good time to review your mowing practices. They can make a big difference in how well your lawn performs.
Start with your mower. Next time you haul it out of the garage, take a good look. Is the blade sharp? Is it clean? What is the height setting? Do you need that grass catcher?
Here are some tips to keep your lawn looking great.
How to mow for a healthy lawn:
Keep your grass longer—2.5” to 3”. See recommendations below.
Mulch mow! Leave clippings on the lawn. Mulch mowing adds to organic matter, keeping your soil healthy. It supplies nutrients, reducing fertilizer needs. And it does not contribute to thatch when mowed properly.
Mow frequently. If you mow every 4 to 5 days instead of every 7 days, mowing time can be reduced up to 38% when you don’t bag your clippings.
Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade when mowing. This will prevent lawn shock and browning.
Maintain a sharp mower blade. This reduces disease potential and brown tipping.
Clean the blade regularly. Use alcohol wipes or a spray bottle with a diluted bleach solution.
Use these mowing height recommendations to help maintain a healthy lawn:
3” Perfect Height – To develop and maintain a strong, robust and healthy lawn. Lawn will develop and maintain a deep, healthy root system and excellent color.
2” Almost There – Color and growth will be average to poor. Setting mower up to 2.5” to 3” cutting height will improve the strength and color of your turf.
1” Too Low – Root system will disintegrate and lawn will become susceptible to disease, drought, heat, cold and stress. Raise the mower height!
Early Spring – We recommend the first cut to be at 1.5” to 2” then raise the blade to the regular setting.
2.5” to 3” is the ideal mowing height for most grass types.