Before we ask how often you should mow the grass, we need to start with when you should begin mowing your lawn. You can begin each spring by cutting the lawn before it turns green and begins growing, clipping off the old dead tips cues your lawn to start growing. The sooner you get the grass growing, the better you can crowd out the weeds before they start.
How often you usually mow depends on the rate your grass grows. However, a general rule that most people follow is weekly mowing their grass. Yet, depending on grass growth, some lawns need to be cut more often. At the same time, other lawns will grow more slowly and might need cutting only once every ten days or two weeks. When cutting, try not to cut off more than one-third of the grass blade. More than that may harm the grass. Let the length of the lawn be the judge, not when the lawn was last mowed.
When mowing, it is essential always to make sure that your blades are sharp. Dull mower blades tend to rip the blades of grass as opposed to cutting them. Every torn blade is an opening for disease and causes stress to the lawn. Also, try not to mow your lawn when it is wet. If you do mow when the lawn is wet, you'll end up with ruts, and the grass will begin to lean over, making it difficult to get a good cut.
As long as you have a healthy lawn, it is okay to leave the clippings when you mow. Mulching is good, but it is not a necessity. As long as the clippings are not excessive, they will not harm your lawn. The clippings will break down within a short period and will provide nitrogen to your lawn.
Lastly, let your lawn grow. In terms of length, the longer you let your grass grow, the longer your lawn's root system will grow. The longer the root system, the healthier and more stress-resistant your yard will be, making your lawn more drought-resistant. If you have any more lawn maintenance questions or concerns, call us! Here at Superior Pressure Washing, we are a pressure washing company, but we also specialize in lawn maintenance. So, call us today for a quote or schedule an appointment.