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Lawn Mowing Guide

Our standard lawn care service includes mowing the entire yard, line trimming (weedeating) around all trees, posts, fencing, etc. We edge all sidewalks, patios and driveways with a blade edger and clean up of all trimmings. We use mulching mowers, as it is much better for the lawn. We will be happy to provide a free estimate within 24 hours of your call.

  1. Do not cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in a single mowing. Cutting more than 1/3 of the leaf will put the lawn under stress. Stress may cause disease and will thin out your lawn over time. Lawns that are overgrown won't allow proper sunlight to penetrate, maintain a regular mowing schedule.
  2. Keep mowing blades sharp as dull blades will tear grass leaves, and cause grass to brown.
  3. Conserve water by maintaining a mowing height of 2-3 inches.
  4. Keep in mind that extra mowing may be necessary if you choose to use nitrogen-excessive fertilizers that cause grass to grow more quickly.
  5. In early spring, mow your lawn once at a 1-1½-inch height. This allows sunlight to penetrate to roots, and removes dead winter kill and thatch.
  6. In late fall mow your lawn once at 1½-inch height.

Other Lawn Care Tips

Proper Mowing
Many people who want a handsome lawn do not realize just how important the job of mowing really is. There are five dimensions of mowing to be considered. (a) Cutting height (b) Mowing Frequency (c) Mowing pattern (d) Blade Sharpness, and (e) Disposal of clippings.

Cutting height of different varieties of grass is mentioned below. Lowering the cutting height can be disastrous. Removal of a large portion of the leaf results in reduced carbohydrate production, because the leaves are largely responsible for photosynthesis.

The general rule for mowing is that no more than 1/3 of the leaf should be removed with any one cutting. Mowing frequency varies according to the time of year, weather conditions, and general rate of growth.

The mowing pattern is far less critical but should be considered. A side-by-side mowing pattern is acceptable if the 360° turns can be made on sidewalks or roadways. If the turf is thinning due to about face sums, try a circular cut.

Blade Sharpness
Sharp mower blades cut the grass blade cleanly. If the blades aren't they don't cut cleanly they will shred your grass. Shredding the grass blade makes the grass more susceptible to disease.

Do not remove clippings.
Short clippings decay quite rapidly and do not contribute to thatch formation. The only two situations when clippings should be removed (a) When excessive clippings may smother the lawn. (b) When surface clippings give the lawn an objectionable appearance.

The two most common errors of mowing are:

  • Lawn isn't mowed often enough.
  • Lawn is mowed too short.

The proper heights are:

  • Bluegrass (Common Kentucky) - 2" to 2 1/2"
  • Bluegrass (Improved Varieties) - 1 1/2" to 2"
  • Fescues - 2" to 3"
  • Ryegrass - 2" to 3"