Mowing is one of the most fundamental practices for keeping your lawn happy and healthy. Keeping your lawn short and attractive, however, is more complicated than just running a lawn mower over the grass; factors such as grass height, mowing frequency, and type of mower used play an important role in the health of the grass. M.E. Williams Lawn Care has the knowledge, experience and equipment to keep your lawn happy and healthy.
In addition to looking good, the denser grass that results from proper mowing also aids in the prevention of weeds, diseases, and pests.
Cutting off more than one-third of the grass blades’ height hinders your lawn’s ability to grow and remain healthy. If you let your grass grow too high and consequently cut off more than one-third of the blade to get it to the desired length, you may damage the root growth—this forces the grass to grow slower and work harder to recover, leaving your lawn vulnerable to weeds, diseases and insects.
In instances when your grass grows too tall, it is recommended to mow the lawn more frequently than usual and slowly reduce the cutting height until you reach the desired height. M.E. Williams Lawn Care offers weekly cutting to maintain the beautiful lawn that everyone desires.
Scalping looks like tan-colored patches on your lawn and results from cutting more than one-third off the height of the grass blades. Especially during a hot summer or a drought, this practice can allow diseases and weeds to intrude upon your lawn, giving it an unsightly look. Scalping is only recommended prior to the growing season in order to prep the lawn for a fast spring green-up.
- As a general rule, grass should be mowed more often in the spring when it’s actively growing than in the summer when heat or droughts slow growth.
- Don’t forget that with any grass type, removing too much leaf mass stunts grass growth; the plant won’t be able to make enough food to maintain a healthy growth.
- Occasionally vary the mowing direction to reduce wear patterns; grass leaves tend to lean in the direction they’re cut, so mowing from different angles will reduce wear on the lawn. M.E. Williams Lawn Care will alternate our mowing direction weekly.
If you mow your lawn frequently enough to keep it healthy, you should be able to leave any resulting clippings in the grass. Clippings are generally good because they decompose quickly and return nutrients to the soil, with a few exceptions: if your lawn has a disease or contains a lot of weeds, or if a large amount of clippings is produced, it’s best to discard clippings until the grass is healthier.
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