Proper Mowing Practices
One of the most important factors in mowing is mowing height. By mowing frequently and maintaining a uniform turf surface, a neat appearance can be achieved, even at taller heights. Unfortunately, a common perception is that a short turf is superior in appearance to tall turf. In reality, turf that is uniform appears neater than uneven turf, regardless of height. Mow the turf often enough so no more than 1/3 of the grass height is removed at any single mowing. If your mowing height is 3 inches, mow the grass when it is 4 inches tall. Mowing turf at the appropriate height is important to turf health and appearance. Turf cut too short usually has a shallow root system, lacks density, and often requires pesticide applications to fend off weed and pest infestations that commonly occur in stressed lawns. A common Colorado turf is a Kentucky Bluegrass blend. Recommended minimum mowing height for this turf is 2 inches, while preferred height is 3 to 4 inches. Mowing to a height of less than 2 inches can result in decreased drought and heat tolerance and higher susceptibility of insects, diseases and weed damage.