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There are a few simple rules to think about the next time the lawn needs cutting:

  • The blades of your lawn mower should be kept sharp; sharpen at least two to three times a year. 

  • Alternate the angle at which you mow 90 degrees from the previous time so you donít develop ware patterns, and the grass stands up better for cutting. 

  • Mowing frequency should be that you never take off more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one time. 

  • Grass should be recycled back into the soil and not bagged. Bagging and removal of clippings can result in the loss of 1/3 of the fertilizer that has been applied.

  • Mowing height should be around 3 inches in the spring and fall, and around 4 inches in the summer. Mowing too short can cause damage to the lawn as well as invite weed competition. Mowing higher will retain more moisture and create a thicker, greener lawn.

  • Do not mow when grass is wet, otherwise clippings will not disperse well, and will have trouble breaking down.

  • Do not mow grass at peak temperatures when it's very hot during the summer months.  This will stunt the growth and cause it to go into shock.

  • There is no need to bag lawn clippings as long as proper mowing practices that follow the 1/3 rule are being used.  No more than 1/3 of the grass blade should be cut off during a mowing.  If your lawn gets too long, raise the mower to the highest setting to mow once, wait a few days and drop 1 or 2 notches and mow again so you don't cut too much at once.  The only reason a lawn mowing should be bagged is if it is part of leaf removal in the fall or part of some other debris removal.  If you bag your lawn, you can loose 1/3 of the nutrients put down with a fertilizing program during a year.  In addition the top 1/3 of the grass blade is more than 80% water and will not contribute to thatch accumulation. 

If you have any questions over these techniques please call us anytime. 771-7674


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