Lawn Mowing

Lawn Mowing

Proper Mowing Practices

Mowing height 
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.
Here at The Lawn Company we use proper maintenance procedures to optimize the appearance of your lawn. Understanding the type of lawn is essential in helping us to choose the correct height to cut and how often to mow. Mowing cool season grasses to short can result in undesired stress possibly causing insects, disease and many unwanted weeds. No more than 1/3 of the blade of grass should be cut at any one time. We change the direction we mow every week when possible. This keeps the grass from laying over in one direction, reduces ruts in the lawn, and gives the yard a nice checkerboard look. We sharpen our blades regularly reducing the chance for turf disease. Damaged grass torn by dull mower blades are much more likely to be infected than grass cut cleanly by a sharp blade
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