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Mowing Tips

Mowing Tips

Mowing can have a huge impact on the overall quality and health of your lawn. Certain mowing mistakes by you, or your professional mowing service, can have a negative effect on the appearance of your lawn.

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Here are some of our tips for efficient and beneficial mowing practices.

Q: How often should I mow?

A: How often you mow matters, a lot. You never want to remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any one time. If your mower is bogging down, clumping, or leaving excess material of top of your lawn you need to increase mowing frequency. Leaving this excess material on your lawn not only causes increased thatch buildup, but it can also lead to pest and disease problems. In the spring this may mean mowing twice a week.

Q: Mower height settings:

A: How high you mow depends on the season. During the spring and fall you can get away with mowing as low as 3.5 inches. 

In the summer months you need to to raise your mower deck to 4” or greater. This increased mowing height allows the grass plant to retain more moisture and also shades the soil to prevent excess evaporation.

Q: What time of the day should I mow?

A: In the late afternoon is the ideal time to mow. Never mow after a rainstorm or early in the morning when there is dew on the grass.

Q: Are your mower blades sharp?

A: Having sharp mower blades is incredibly important because it helps prevent disease and stress to your lawn. The easiest way to tell if your blades need sharpening is to pick off a few grass blades after you finish mowing. If you notice the tips of the plant are white and jagged, it’s time to get your blades sharpened.

Q: When should I stop mowing for the year?

A: We recommend stopping before the first frost of the year. Your final mow should be around 3.5”

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