Mowing Your Lawn Correctly

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Guess what? If your lawn hasn't woke up yet from it's long hibernation, it soon will. That will mean that the dreaded mowing season is just around the corner.

There is a reason why proper mowing is so essential for a great looking lawn. First of all, the mowing height is directly related to the grass's vigor. Second, when mowed properly, your grass will look dark green and lush. Third, when the lawn is mowed properly, it will resist the encroachment of weeds by crowding them out with a thick turf.

One secret to good lawn care is mowing the grass at the proper height. What you are looking for is a balance between the grass height and the vigor of the lawn. One thing to remember is don't let mowing cause a stress on the grass. That means make sure to sharpen the mower blades.

Disease can be a problem when the mower blades create a tare of the grass blade rather than a sharp clean cut. Also, a good general rule of thumb is not to remove any more than about 1/3 of the total height of the grass in one cutting. If the grass needs to be cut and its 5 inches high, then you want to cut it back to about 3 1/2 inches.

One caution in mowing your grass is not to scalp your lawn. By cutting the grass too low, and I mean about 1 1 1/2 inches especially in the heat of the summer, will thin out your grass and allow weeds and moss to come into your lawn. I highly recommend cutting your lawn to about 3 or even 3 1/2 inches.

One final thought concerns your lawn mower. If you are in the market for a new mower, consider a mulching mower. You will find you will spend less time in mowing, it will return valuable grass clippings to your lawn and will protect the environment by reducing the amount of grass clippings going to the landfill. Remember grass clippings do not create thatch; they actually benefit the lawn especially coming from a mulching mower.

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