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Mowing Techniques

Mowing techniques for a healthier turf.

Mowing is not only a great way to groom your lawn, but done properly it can also produce a thicker, denser turf.

When you mow, you prevent seeds from generating. Your lawn, in turn, will spread through its rhizomes frantically trying to find a way to regenerate. On the other side, mowing can be harmful in some respects as it can make the grass vulnerable to disease, especially when your blades are dull or unbalanced. It can also be harmful to roots if done too often, in repeated patterns and if it's cut too short.


Example of Rhizomes

Mowing too short is the number one cause for damaged and weed infested lawns. Just like with trees, the height of the top relates to the depth of its roots. Grass with deep roots have a better chance to survive a drought and it also keeps the soil shady, preventing moisture loss and drying of the sun, which in turn, compacts the soil.

The more blade surface the grass has, the more light it absorbs. This will provide a good rate of metabolism. Pick a blade of grass and inspect it. Cutting more than a third of the blade is too much. This process will depend on the type of grass you grow as well as the time of year. Mowing too low to reduce the frequency of the job can be very harmful to the grass. It allows weeds to invade the lawn and causes the grass to be stressed. This makes it more susceptible to diseases.

Several Things to Consider Before You Mow.

A sharp blade not only makes a great clean cut; it also prevents a level of vulnerability for diseases. A clean cut across the top of the blade closes itself off. This increases a scabbing texture.

When your blade is dull, it rips and shreds instead of cutting. This makes it more difficult to seal itself off from harmful diseases.

Mowing patterns should be rotated each time. This prevents a pressure in the soil. A compacted or pressured soil produces too much stress on grass roots. This occurs when you roll over the same spot week after week and season after season. This makes root growth difficult. It also makes water run off the top of the soil instead of sinking and absorbing into the root system.

We like to go north and south on one cut. Then east and west on the next. Following these directions in additional cuts provides a healthy condition. After about a month of cuts you'll have established a beautiful plaid, textured look.

Try to avoid mowing when the weather is wet or rainy. The blades get coated with clippings preventing a sharp cut. The clippings clump together to make decomposition slow. The clumps also block the light and produce dead spots if not cleaned consistently.

There are, however, times when extended periods of rain will occur. If this is the case, we recommend raising the mowing height as this will reduce clumping. The cleaning prevents excess build-up of clippings under the mower. It is best to shut off the engine and removing the spark plug connection.

For suggested blade heights for different types of grass see the mowing chart for your ideal lawn height.





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