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September, 2014
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Make sure to maintain a regular mowing schedule. A properly mowed lawn is not only aesthetically attractive, but also healthy. The most important thing you need to remember about mowing is to never remove more than one third of the total grass blade length at with a single mowing session. If you scalp a lawn, it will suffer.

Key Tips to Successful Mowing

Below are tips you should follow to ensure proper mowing.

  • Maintain a regular mowing schedule. Usually once a week is sufficient, although when grass is rapidly growing you may need to mow more frequently to avoid cutting off more than 1/3 of the leaf blade.
  • Recommend height for Tall Fescue lawns: 3” to 4” – Mow your lawn when the grass is approximately 1/3 taller than the recommended mowing height. NOTE: Cutting off more than a third of the blade at once will cause shock to the plant.
  • During hot summer months, mow your lawn to the higher recommended height.
  • Change the direction you cut your lawn with each mowing. This will help to keep the grass growing upright rather than leaning and growing in the direction it was last mowed.
  • Avoid scalping a lawn whenever possible. This shocks the grass and can result in damage or dead spots in your lawn.
  • Keep mower blades sharp to prevent tearing or pulling of young plants. Mowing with a dull blade causes brown leaf tips and also makes the grass more susceptible to disease and insects.
  • Never mow a wet lawn. This can lead to an unattractive and uneven cut and invite fungus and disease. It can also create trench marks in your lawn from the weight of the lawn mower.



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