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A lawn can be made up of the finest plant and the most beautiful grass but it won’t turn anyone's heads if it is poorly kept.  Keeping a landscape in tip top shape is an important part in maintaining cleanliness and beauty, making lawn mowing far from being a small task.

All grass will run wild if left unchecked, growing to as much as 20 inches and sprouting allergy inducing flowers, then in the long run it will turn dry and look terribly unpleasant.  Lawn mowing is the solution to keeping your lawn healthy and pretty, and with that, you have two options.  You can do all the lawn trimming and cleaning yourself or you can hire anyone from the next door errand boy to your local gardener to do the yard work.

However, take note that improper mowing may actually harm your plants - something most non-professional or inexperienced gardeners are unaware of. It could injure the plants and it causes so much shock on the plant that all effort is then focused on growing the leaves instead of roots. These two factors may eventually lead to your grass becoming diseased.

Here are some things you should know about mowing:

  1. Every type of grass has a preferred mowing height, which may vary depending on what grass you have on your lawn.  The grass needs to be tall enough to recover from the stress of mowing and to maintain root health, but short enough so that the lawn retains its soft, trimmed look.
  2. How do I get my correct mowing height? The golden rule in mowing lawns is to never remove more than one third of the grass at the time.  This applies even to lawns with overgrown grass.  Cutting it at this height will keep the roots health and growing and won’t put undue stress on the grass.  Furthermore, cool season grasses like Blue Grass and Rye should be mowed at around 2 to 3 inches, while warm season grasses like Bermuda should be cut up to 1 inch.
  3. Use grass height as basis when you should mow.  Based on the explanations above, it is best to mow the grass when it is already ready to be cut by one third its original height.
  4. Avoid lawn scalping and cutting wet grass.  Not only does it look haphazardly done, lawn scalping will make the grass severely thin and prone to disease and breakage.   
  5. Vary mowing direction to avoid soil rutting and, since mowed grass tends to follow the direction it has been cut, it also helps encourage grass to grow upright and resilient.

Lawn mowing is not too complicated if you have an idea of what you are doing.  With a little research and some practice, you can incorporate new mowing habits that will keep your grass healthy and your lawn looking like it’s been done by a professional.


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