The Green Review

By Chris Zdorovtsov

How do you properly mow the lawn?

Proper lawn mowing will help maintain the quality of your lawn. The frequency of mowing will depend on the type of grass you have, the soil conditions, the amount of moisture present and the temperature. As a rule of thumb, do not remove more than 1/3 to 1/2 of the leaf blade per mowing. Cutting grass at a clip_image002[4]height of about three (3) inches allows a more extensive root system to develop. This may be an important consideration where water is not available. It is not necessary to collect or bag grass clippings unless they are overgrown and matting is a problem. Allowing clippings to remain will not result in thatch formation and adds additional nutrients as they break down. Keeping the mower blade sharp insures that leaf blades are cut rather than torn off. Jagged, torn edges are a good entry site for diseases.

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