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Quality Lawns Need Good Mowing Practices

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ll grass varieties should be mowed at or near their optimal mowing height. This will keep grass healthy and dense (highest number of shoots per unit area). Higher density means more soil surface shading, which severely restricts the germination of many annual grassy and broadleaf weeds. Maintaining a dense and healthy lawn is the best weed control.

Don't remove any more than one third of the grass leaf at any one cutting. If circumstances arise that a lawn gets too tall and you just have to lop off a bunch to get caught up, bite the bullet and break it down into several mowing's to get caught up with 3 or so days between cuttings. We recommend that grass be cut around 3" or a little higher.

When following the 1/3 rule with each cutting, you can safely leave cut grass clippings that will quickly decompose and add nutrients back into the soil. Contrary to popular opinion, grass clippings do not add to thatch buildup. Try to avoid mowing when the grass is wet. Don't forget to change your mower's oil at least once during the mowing season.

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A dull mower blade doesn't cut grass blades, it rips through the leaves leaving jagged edges that turn brown and makes the grass vulnerable to disease. A sharp blade shears off excess grass and produces a cut tip that heals faster and imposes less stress.

Keep your mower's blade sharp, which means having it sharpened several times during the mowing season. Keep several blades around so you'll always have a sharp one on hand.

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