It seems many people try to pick up the art of mowing, and many fail in creating a masterpiece. Most feel this is a goof-proof chore, but the truth is that properly mowed lawns are healthier and more beautiful. There are five key techniques to follow when cutting the lawn: Height, Frequency, Blade Sharpness, Clippings, and Direction/Pattern.
Height: When servicing the lawn the height is important. The minimum height of the blades should be 3” inches. This allows the root system to be protected from the sun and reduces scalping or cutting into the dirt when you go over an uneven area.
Frequency: Not only is mowing height important, so is consistency of cuts. The minimum requirement for most lawns is weekly cutting. Anything less than weekly, you are harming your turf by removing too much of the grass blade in one visit.
Blade Sharpness: Do you think surgeons use dull blades? Neither do lawn professionals who provide quality service. Sharp lawnmower blades produce clean cuts, and clean cuts promote better grass health. Dull lawnmower blades, by contrast, produce rougher cuts that make the grass more susceptible to disease and cause the tips of the grass to turn brown and die.
Clippings: Recycling grass clippings back into the lawn reduces water loss, lowers soil temperatures, and returns vital nutrients to the soil. A common misunderstanding is that mulching mowers contribute to thatch buildup. Frequent mowing and the right equipment makes all the difference.
Direction: Alternate the direction in which you cut the lawn each mowing. This will help prevent your lawn from establishing ruts from the mower wheels passing over the same area in the same direction.
If you or your lawn service provider follows the above tips, you will be setting a good foundation for taking your lawn to the next level in health and appearance.
Written By: David Hensel, Maintenance Manager