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Lawn Care Guide: Step 9 Lawn Mowing And Maintenance


Step 9: Lawn Mowing & Maintenance

Mowing For A Healthy Lawn

When your established lawn grows to about 3 inches, mow it to 2-1/2 inches. This will discourage the development of lawn weeds and encourage continued growth.

For a good clean cut, follow these tips:

  • Never mow when the grass is wet
  • Keep your mower maintained with sharp blades for a cleaner cut
  • Use a lawn mower bagger to keep grass clippings from smothering new seedlings
  • Raking is not recommended because a rake can uproot newly established grass

Regular Maintenance Tips

Once a year, either in the spring or fall, aerate the soil and overseed or reseed your lawn for a thick, even turf. Periodically, dethatch so water and fertilizer can easily reach the grass roots. Time spent on these jobs will help keep your lawn looking great.

Aerating: To break up compacted soil, yearly aerating is recommended. It involves pulling up small plugs of soil, thus helping air, water and nutrients get through to the roots of your grass. Your Southern States lawn expert can help you purchase or rent equipment for dethatching and aerating.

Dethatching: Thatch is a layer of undecomposed and partially decomposed organic residue (usually grass clippings) located above the soil. Excessive thatch can prevent water and fertilizer from reaching the grass roots and increase the risk of insects (like lawn grubs) and lawn disease.

Overseeding: After dethatching and aerating, you can sow new seed over existing grass. This will add new life to your lawn and make a thicker turf. Use half the seed amount recommended for new lawns.

A healthy lawn

Mowing & Watering Tips For A Healthy Lawn

Mowing is essential for the health and lush appearance of your lawn. It helps discourage weeds and makes the lawn more resistant to pests.

First, start with a good mower and keep it well-maintained with sharp blades to avoid ripping the grass. If your lawn has a white-haze look, the mower blades may be dull.

The mowing height affects the health and development of the grass. Kept too short, grass will develop a shallower root and become more susceptible to drought and disease. During hot summer months, a taller height will help shade the soil and reduce heat stress on the lawn. As a general guide, Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescue lawns should be kept at a height of 2-3 inches and tall fescue lawns at a height of 3 inches. For best results, cut grass often enough that no more than 1/3 of the total grass height is removed at one time.



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