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The Importance Of Proper Mowing Practices

The importance of reliable and quality lawn mowing can not be underestimated. Many lawns suffer from a variety of ailments that go untreated or unnoticed by the lawn care provider, and a good deal of those problems can be remedied simply by implementing better mowing practices and utilizing better equipment. There are many factors to consider when it comes to proper lawn mowing techniques and practices, and Potomac Lawn Professionals wants to make a difference in your yard that you can both see and feel!

Using The Right Equipment

Making sure your grass cutting job is performed with top-quality mowing equipment is the best place to start. Even the most well thought out and carefully planned mowing strategies will not be able to provide you with the best results if the equipment used for the job is subpar. Using the best equipment involves routine maintenance inspections in order to ensure consistent quality and improved health of your lawn.

Mower Blades

lawn mower blade
Mower Blade

Of course, the most vital component of any lawn mowing job is the blade of the mower. Ensuring that the blades on our mowers are always sharp and clean results in a better-looking cut and healthier turf. A dull blade will result in grass blades that look torn or ripped rather than cleanly cut. A jagged edge will cause the grass to lose moisture, have difficulty growing back properly, and invite lawn pests and fungi as your lawn starts to struggle. 

A dull blade also affects the quality of the mower, which, in turn, affects the quality of your lawn. If a dull blade is used, the mower will have a difficult time getting through patches of thicker grass. Not only will this cause your turf to look mangled, but it puts added stress on the mower by making it work harder to get through the grass. A mower that struggles to get through your grass will not give you the crisp patterns you want to see. Blades should always be sharp and clean to get that perfect cut and to decrease the transmission of fungi to your lawn.

Riding Lawn Mowers

Riding Lawn Mower
Riding Lawn Mower

Though riding mowers have their advantages, push mowers/walk-behind mowers are still the best option for certain situations. Smaller residential lawns do not necessarily need the power or size of a riding mower. Narrow grass pathways or areas with large obstructions can not always be accessed with a riding mower. In these situations, push mowers are the way to go.

Generally speaking, push mowers are considered better for the health of smaller lawns. Large riding mowers are heavier and can put stress on smaller lawns, especially ones that are already struggling due to soil compaction or heavier foot traffic. Potomac Lawn Professionals will always work with you to determine the best equipment for your job.

Walk-Behind/ Push Mowers

Push Mower
Push Mower

Though riding mowers have their advantages, push mowers/walk-behind mowers are still the best option for certain situations. Smaller residential lawns do not necessarily need the power or size of a riding mower. Narrow grass pathways or areas with large obstructions can not always be accessed with a riding mower. In these situations, push mowers are the way to go.

Generally speaking, push mowers are considered better for the health of smaller lawns. Large riding mowers are heavier and can put stress on smaller lawns, especially ones that are already struggling due to soil compaction or heavier foot traffic. Potomac Lawn Professionals will always work with you to determine the best equipment for your job.

Maintaining A Healthy Height

Mowing your lawn at a proper height can make the difference between vibrant or lackluster turf. Lawns that are mowed too low will result in weak or even dead grass. The nutrient supply of your turf extends from the roots and runs through the grass blades. When lawns get scalped, their supply of nutrition becomes limited, which makes strong and healthy regrowth much more difficult.  

 

On the other hand, turf that is left too high can make your lawn much more difficult to manage. If grass is allowed to grow too high before getting cut, your lawn can experience shock when mowing is performed. Grass that is cut down to about half the length of the individual blades can cause your turf to turn brown. Additionally, larger grass clippings left on top of your lawn will have trouble decomposing and often form clumps that smother your lawn. Routine mowing is the best way to keep a lush green lawn and avoid damaging effects of grass that is cut too high and too low.

Mowing Height Matters

The type of grass in your lawn also plays a factor in determining the proper mowing height. For example, cool-season grasses can typically be left a bit longer, such as tall fescue. Warm-season grasses, like Bermudagrass, can be cut much lower because they thrive in the warmer summer temperatures and can repair/grow back much more easily.  

 

When you get your lawn mowed by Potomac Lawn Professionals, we always make sure the height is right! In ideal conditions, we mow lawns between a height range of 2.5 and 3.5 inches, which is optimal for healthy regrowth and thick lawns.

Our Mowing Strategies

  • When To Mow: Mowing should typically take place between April and November.
  • Frequency Of Mowing: A weekly mowing routine is always recommended. At our discretion, depending on the needs of your lawn, we may switch to a biweekly schedule. 
  • Direction: Mowing direction plays a big role in the growth of your turf. Turf that is consistently mowed in one direction will start to “lean” in that direction as it grows. Switching directions ensures upright growth and stronger grass. 
  • Pattern: A good mowing pattern greatly improves the curb appeal of your lawn, but it also has health benefits. The lines of a particular mowing pattern create a great look for your lawn, and they also indicate where the wheels of the mower previously ran across your lawn. We use this information to make sure patterns are appropriately altered to minimize stress on your turf.
  • Mulch Mowing: In every situation possible, it is highly beneficial to leave small grass clippings on top of your lawn as we mow. Though large grass clippings can suffocate your lawn, properly sized clippings (about ⅓ of grass height) act as a natural fertilizer when left behind from the mowing process. Clippings contain the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that is found in fertilizers, making routine mulch mowing a great way to promote healthy lawn growth.

How Our Mowing Practices Improve Your Lawn

The benefits of a properly and regularly mowed lawn are invaluable. Even if you can’t see the difference, mowing your lawn at a healthy height will eventually lead to greener grass and a stronger root system. Routine mowing also deters pests by making sure grass is not too tall and unruly, which can create conditions that pests love.

Our mowing practices also ensure that your lawn is safe. Before we begin, we inspect lawns and make sure they are free from debris and clutter that could be dangerous if mowed. Your safety is always our top priority, and we will make your lawn a safe place for friends and family.  

Below are a few more of the benefits you will get from our mowing practices:

Better Curb Appeal
Greener Grass
Stronger Roots
Fuller Lawn

Increased Drought Tolerance
Resistance To Pests
Resistance To Disease
Proper Nutritional Intake

Fertilization Via Grass Clippings
Resistance To Weeds
Clean Edging And Trimming
Professional Finishing Touches

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