Lawn Mowing Tips
Proper cutting techniques are absolutely essential to an Ecology Friendly Lawn
As the intensity of summer heat changes during the growing season, so will the rate at which your lawn grows, therefore it's necessary to change the frequency of cutting.
There are few other pointers below that will help you manage your lawn like an expert.
Mow Frequently (every 4 to 7 days).
Spring time requires more frequent cutting because a large percentage of total growth occurs in the spring time.
Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade
Removing more than 1/3 of the leaf blade will cause stress, which leads to browning.
Cut at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches. (6 to 7 cm).
Bentgrass is an exception and is best cut at 1 to 1.5 inches. (3 to 4 cm). Mowing at these heights allows your lawn to shade out newly germinated weed seeds, and forces weeds like dandelions and plantain to grow more upright, resulting in more removal of weed leaf area when the lawn is mowed.
Turfgrass root depth is also deeper in lawns that are mowed high.
Mow in different patterns to avoid rutting or tire marks.
Going over the same set of tire marks compacts the soil and inhibits good turf growth.
Sharpen the mower blade regularly to avoid fuzzy mowing.
A dull blade creates a ragged cut that causes the lawn to look brown.
Mulch clippings back into the lawn.
Clippings do not contribute to thatch accumulation when the lawn is mowed regularly.
Exception - Bag clippings during disease recovery and the final cut of the season.
Mow when the lawn is dry.
It's difficult to get a clean cut when the lawn is wet, and mowing a lawn when it is wet can spread some fungal turfgrass diseases.
Make your last cut before winter short
Cut when the lawn is dormant, at 1.5 inches high to remove summer building up. By raising the mower back up to 2.5 inches (6 cm) in the spring, the top 1 inch of growth will be beautiful new grass. Remember to raise the cutting again before spring.
Bentgrass lawns can be cut at 0.75 inch or lower for final cut. Bag & compost the clippings if cuttings pile up on lawn.
Proper cutting and watering techniques are absolutely essential to an Ecology Friendly Lawn.
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