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Sensible Lawn Mowing Tips

by Gabby Hyman, All About Lawns Columnist

Scratch any lawn care enthusiast and you'll find a dedicated mower. Nearly everyone is quick to offer tips for mowing grass, and much of it conflicts with what you hear elsewhere. Generally speaking, too much mowing can be a bad thing for the lawn. And why bother mowing when there are plenty of other things you'd rather do on a Saturday?

 

 

 

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Aside from zoysia grass, Bermuda grass, and centipede grass, most other lawn types do not require frequent mowing during the spring and fall. Certainly no grass should be scraped down in the hot growing season in summer. First, when you cut any grass, you reduce the total blade area of the plant. Maintaining an ample surface of blades helps your lawn handle the grasses' essential photosynthesis, helps block weeds from germinating, and contributes to a hearty root system.

 

 

 Taller Grass Can Be Beneficial

 In addition, ample blade surface contributes to the green appearance of the lawn, absorbs water and nutrients, and helps your soil maintain moisture. Most experts agree that you should not cut more than a third of your total grass height at any one time. If the lawn is so tall that it falls over while mowing, consider dropping the deck of your mower.

 

 

 You want to mow your lawn a little higher during summer stress months. For example, fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, and ryegrasses should be mowed to between 2 and 2.5 inches in spring and fall and 2.5 and 3 inches in summer. And alter the direction of the mowing from the last time. Changing angles and directions helps prevent grass from lying over. Higher mowing heights in the summer help keep soils cool and retain vital moisture at the roots.

 

 

 

 

 



About the Author
Gabby Hyman has created online strategies and written content for Fortune 500 companies including eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Microsoft Encarta, Avaya, and Nissan UK.

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