A proper lawn mowing schedule is certain to maintain the appearance, increase the density, and lower the risk of weeds.
Plus, it is critical to mow the lawn to match the specific type of grass. Grass length can vary with the wide-ranging grass options in the market.
A general rule for lawn mowing is to cut 1/3 the length of the grass blades. A well-kept lawn shouldn’t have a problem in surviving a close cut every so often, but if this is repeated often it can leave the lawn weak or brown.
Problems likely to be noticed include:
- Significant injury to the crown which limits the ability to store and generate nutrients
- A much smaller blade surface which will make it more difficult for the grass to generate food using the photosynthesis process
- A higher risk of disease and pests
- A greater chance of weeds germinating, which will leave the lawn looking quite unsightly
- A higher risk of experiencing issues with soil compaction
Other points to help control and maintain the lush-green lawn:
- Look to cut the grass when it is dry and no rainfall is expected. Grass blades left to fully dry are more likely to be standing upright. Wet grass has the tendency to curl and clump up when mowed.
- Limit lawn mowing during the high heat hours of the day as this can lead to heat stress for both the lawn and person pushing the mower.
- Mower blades should be kept balanced and sharp at all times. Cutting the grass with dull blades can result in damage which leads to more pest attacks and disease.
- Use different mowing patterns each time the work is completed. A regular change in the pattern can encourage the grass to grow in a more upward direction — otherwise the grass can start to grow or lean in the direction the grass is normally cut.
- For proper mowing action, make sure to push the mower in a forward direction. This applies to both a sit behind and walk-behind mower.
- Clipping can benefit the lawn so should be left in place unless there is a large build up of clumps. Grass clippings are a great fertilizer and will provide more nitrogen and nutrients for the lawn.
- A mulching attachment or full mulching mower is the most effective option to keep the clippings small and usable.
- Alternatively, the bagged clippings can be used in home composting as a useful material that will soon break down to produce an organic matter that benefits the entire lawn and garden.
- When cutting the lawn under trees or similar shaded areas, it benefits to mow slightly higher than normal. A reason for this relates to the grass having to compete with trees for the available nutrients and water.
- During spells of dry, hot weather it is possible to cut back on the mowing frequency and let the grass slightly longer. This shouldn’t be a problem for the cool season grass as this often slows down when the weather is quite hot.