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Proper Mowing

Proper mowing, combined with other lawn maintenance practices, is critical for attractive, well-groomed turfgrass stands. Mowing your lawn entails much more than just mowing on a weekly basis or whenever the lawn appears too long.


For a healthy turf, you must pay special attention to:


 How much and often you mow
 Mow Patterns
 Grasscycling

 

How much and often you mow


Mow frequently enough so that only one-third of the leaf is removed at any one time. Do not drastically or suddenly change the cutting height. If the grass has become too tall, reestablish the recommended height by mowing more frequently for a while and gradually lowering the mowing height of successive cuttings, following the one-third rule.

 

Vary the mowing direction


Grass tends to grow in the direction it is mowed. To prevent your lawn from appearing to lean one way or the other, vary your mowing direction each time you mow. This will keep your grass looking straighter as well as prevent a washboard effect. To make sure that you mow the entire lawn, overlap each pass by several inches. Mowing the lawn soon after it has been watered will cause the grass to stick to the mower blades and clog the mower. Wait until the blades have had time to dry before mowing.


Benefits of grasscycling


Grasscycling supplies about 20% of the fertilizer requirements of most grasses. Leaving your clippings on the grass after mowing is beneficial as it returns nutrients back to the soil. However it is only beneficial if you follow proper watering, mowing, and fertilizing guidelines.