If your going to mow the same height all year long, make it high. Set your mower at two and a half to three inches! Mowing correctly gives you a beautiful and healthier lawn.
Here’s the long—and short—of keeping your lawn in the best possible shape.
- Adjust the height of your mower with the seasons. Short mowing during cooler weather discourages disease activity, while higher mowing in hot weather shades the lawn, retains moisture and encourages deep root growth.
- Keep your mower blade sharp. This means sharpening the blade at least three times per season. Brown grass tips are almost always due to a dull blade.
- Alternate your mowing pattern. Mowing the same direction causes the grass to bend in the direction you mow. Alternation direction corrects this problem.
- Don’t scalp the lawn. Mow regularly and remove no more than one-third of the grass blade at a time. Scalping removes the green, food-producing cells and the plants are set back many weeks every time it happens.
- Try to avoid mowing when the grass is wet. You’ll always get a better, more even cut and the clippings will not clump up as much as when its dry.