Spring Lawn Care Tips
By Michael Berg , BP Landscape Services | August 2nd, 2016
Proper mowing is one of the most important practices in keeping your grass healthy.
Mowing height and mowing frequency directly impact the health and attractiveness of the grass. Grass grows from the bottom up. Therefore, we’re mowing the oldest section of grass.
Cutting higher – typically the top third – shades roots and supports a root system that is deeper. Deep roots can reach water that is deeper in the soil, giving grass reserve power that enables it to get through dry spells.
Height Does Count
The important thing to remember is it’s not how often we mow; as much as how long the grass is.
The first time we mow in the spring, we are using the highest setting. We mow about every 1-2 weeks, depending on how much rain we’ve gotten, moving the blade a little lower until it’s on about the middle setting. Cutting the grass too short can be just as damaging as letting it grow too tall. For a healthy lawn, we follow the one-third rule:
For a thriving lawn, we never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing. If the grass ‘gets ahead of us because of wet weather or any other reason, we move up the cutting height of your mower to the highest possible setting and mow. Then we move the cutting height back to our normal range and cut the grass again a few days after that first mowing.
Alternate the Pattern:
Grass leans in the direction in which you mow it. Switching up our pattern from week to week encourages grass to grow straighter and healthier.
We rotate our mowing direction 90 degrees with each new mow. By changing the direction each time we mow, we reduce soil compaction and turf wear from our mower’s wheels.
To Bag or Not to Bag?
We do not put grass clippings in a bag and send them off to the dump. Grass clippings are valuable organic matter, full of nitrogen and other nutrients. As long as we mow often enough to remove no more than one third of the grass blade, the easiest thing to do is just to leave clippings on the lawn. The pieces break down quickly and reduce the amount of fertilizer we have to use by as much as 25%.
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