Lawn care does not have to be complicated. Making simple changes in your lawn maintenance can help improve your lawn without much effort. One of the most important maintenance tasks is mowing your lawn. Here are a few best practices.
- Mow often when the turf is actively growing to avoid clumps and reduce stress on the grass. this may be more than once a week in mid Spring.
- Grass is healthiest when only 1/3 of the leaf blade is removed at a time.
- For cool-season grasses such as tall fescue, set the mower at its highest setting (3- 3 1/2 inches). Warm-season grasses such as Bermuda or zoysia, are mowed much shorter depending on the species.
- It’s best to leave grass clippings on the lawn to return nitrogen (N) and organic matter to the soil. Sweep excess clippings off hard surfaces and back onto the lawn. If you collect clippings, recycle them. Do not discard them.
- Mow when the turf is dry.
- Do not mow drought stresses or dormant grass – this damages the turf.
- Keep mower blades sharp. Dull mower blades tear the grass instead of shearing it.