Lawn Mowing Tips
Lawn Mowing Tips:
In addition to our 8 treatment weed control and fertilization lawn care program, proper mowing can strengthen your lawn’s ability to fight diseases and maximize the benefits from our program.
It is important to mow your lawn regularly. On average we recommend a weekly 7 day mowing schedule during the growing season. We suggest never cutting more than one-third off the turf blade in one mowing. This will ensure you keep the turf at the best height for root development. Stronger and deeper roots will ensure your turf is more resilient against insects and diseases.
It’s important to mow your lawn at the appropriate height. Mowing height is critical in keeping weeds under control and reducing disease issues in the lawn. Follow these general guidelines when deciding on what height to mow your lawn.
Cool Season turf like Fescue needs to be cut at a 3-4’’ mowing height.
Warm Season turf like Zoysia & Bermuda needs to be cut at a 1-2’’ height.
How to Mow:
Ideally we suggest mowing with a small walk behind push mower. The smaller the mower the less weight you will put on the lawn. Large riding mowers are heavy and can cause the soil to become compacted. The lighter the mower the less likely you will have issues with your lawn absorbing important nutrients from the turf. Soil compaction resulting from heavy walking traffic or mowers can lead to turf decline.
For practical purposes larger lawns won’t always allow you to use a smaller mower. Whether you are using a small or large riding mower always make sure to change your mowing pattern. Mowing your lawn in the same direction during each cut is another way to cause compaction since the tires will run over the same soil each time you mow. Change your pattern each time you mow for best results!