|Mowing Service – Pros and Cons
Improper mowing is one of the most common causes of lawn problems, but can be corrected easily by changing how and when you mow. Let’s discuss a moment.
What If You Do Not Mow At All?
Listen to this fact… No matter how often you choose to mow, your grass will only grow anywhere from 4 to 24 inches tall depending on what kind/type of grass you have anyways.
In addition, it may even start to have inconspicuous flowers to start growing which are high in allergy-producing pollen, and in time, the grass would fall over and being to thin out giving a neglected appearance.
So what does that mean? Right away we can conclude that by even doing the minimum amount of mowing, our lawns are going to look much better than if we did nothing at all.
Why, because mowing actually helps make your grass grow thicker because the tips of each blade of grass contain hormones that will suppress its horizontal growth. So when you cut/mow your lawn, you are removing the tips and the hormones which then allows the grass to spread and grow outward faster.
Mowing also removes any brown or damaged tips and it also helps deter weeds by keeping the lawn thicker with fewer holes for weeds to begin growing.
However, Mowing Does Damage The Grass
The very act of mowing actually injures the plant leaving a cut end for pathogens to invade, and every additional mowing shocks the plant to put its energy into growing new leaves rather than the plant roots.
Hence, the roots of mown grass can be less extensive and robust than unmown grass, and mowing the grass tends to make the plant store fewer carbohydrates which it needs to help combat stress.
Eureka… That’s Why Proper Mowing Is So Important!
So the pros and cons of grass mowing have a huge influence on how healthy your lawn is, and this is why mowing your lawn correctly is so important. In fact, in several ways it’s the key, so let’s take a look at some mowing techniques that will help your grass look great and stay healthy.
|Mowing Height Is Important.
Why? All grass varieties actually have a preferred mowing height.
Grasses have to be tall enough to be able to recover from continual mowing and to maintain a healthy root system, while also be short enough so the grass doesn’t get stemmy and a rough looking appearance.
Most grasses have a balance between the size of their root systems and length of their grass blades. When the roots and the grass blades are in balance the plants will be their healthiest and be able to handle all kinds of stress.
Do Not Scalp The Lawn
The best way to keep your grass in balance is to keep it at its correct height. Avoid scalping your grass too low because it forces the plant to tap into its food reserves which will in time stress the grass which will make it thin out, be more susceptible to heat, cold, drought, pest attacks and most of all disease.
When grass is severely cut back the growth of the roots and the plant comes almost to a complete stop until the leaves can recover. This places a huge amount of stress on the grass plant which is often visible in a yellow to brownish look to the lawn after mowing. Your lawn doesn’t look healthy because it is not.
Solution: When the grass is mown at its correct height, the roots can keep growing and the grass will thrive.
So What’s The Correct Mowing Height?
Basic Rules of Thumb:
The most important rule of thumb is the rule of one-third. The one-third rule says: Never remove more than a third of the grass blade at any one time.
Example: If you have a bluegrass lawn, which does best with a 2-inch (5 cm) cut, then let the grass grow to 3 inches (7.5 cm) and cut it back by 1 inch (2.5 cm) to keep the grass back at its optimum height.
Cool season grasses like Blue Grass, Fescue, and Rye should be mowed as high as possible. The best is around 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm) and no higher. If you cut the grass any taller than that, the grass will flop over, and if you cut it too short, the grass is more susceptible to weeds, it will dry out faster, and over all will grow poorly.
Warm season grasses like Bermuda should be cut around a height of 3/4 to 1 inch (1.9 to 2.5 cm) tall, which may require mowing one to three times per week.
Mowing at this height will encourage a dense, thriving turf that naturally blocks weeds. If Bermuda is cut any taller than 1 inch (2.5 cm), it will be thinner and straggly looking. A good healthy lawn of Bermuda grass should look like a big, green, dense mat.