Giving your head of hair a cut and giving your lawn a cut has less in common than just the tools you use. While cutting your hair to a specific length may be a matter of preference, your lawn cutting technique shouldn’t be decided based upon convenience, mood, or preference. There is a right way to mow, and many wrong ways.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, consider these pictures below a novel on proper mowing technique. These two lawns are both clients of ours. Let it first be pointed out that a lawn program in of itself isn’t a silver bullet. You can enhance its results or hinder them based on the part you do. We always consider lawn care a partnership between our Lawn Care technicians and the property owner. No matter how thorough the application is, it can be greatly impacted by a property owner’s mowing practices. The following pictures were taken in hot, dry August. Both properties were treated with the exact same materials, by the same lawn care technician, at the same time for the first 3 visits. The only variable here is the mowing practices of the homeowner.

Notice a difference? Lawn A, mowed at 1.5″ is full of broadleaf weeds like Oxalis, brown spots, and crabgrass. Lawn B, mowed at 3″ shows little stress from all of the summer heat, and not a single crabgrass or broadleaf weed plant.

Turfgrass of approximately 3″ really helps your lawn to perform better. This little bit of plant material goes a long way in insulating the soil, keeping the soil temperature lower. If the soil temperature heats up just 5-10 degrees more per day on average, it can mean even more germination for weeds such as crabgrass as you see in the picture of Lawn A below. A preventive crabgrass control will reduce crabgrass germination but it won’t eliminate it. Give it the right conditions like abusing it with poor, low-height mowing, and it will be there come mid-summer.

However, if you keep your mowing height around 3″, this will help not only to reduce the soil temperature, but the thicker turfgrass will help to retain what little moisture you get from rainfall in the summer. This means a greener, more actively-growing lawn which will be harder for weeds to grow in. In a competition, the weeds lose to the nice lawn.

All lawn care companies aren’t the same. Just blindly throwing materials on a lawn isn’t going to get you the nice lawn you need. Make sure you partner with an award-winning lawn care company, one that has highly-skilled certified lawn care experts that will educate you on how you can get even more out of your investment in your lawn.

If you would like to learn more about lawn care programs or mowing for your property, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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