Mowing: stop cutting your grass too short!

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Mowing your lawn, although overlooked, greatly effects your lawn’s appearance and general health.

    • Don’t cut your grass too short, especially cool season grasses. Higher heights usually provide for a deeper root system, looks better, and is less likely to have weeds invading, particularly crabgrass. Turf type fescue should be cut at approximately 3”. During drought stress of the summer 3 ½-4 is suggested.
    • Don’t remove any more than one third of the grass leaves at any single cutting. If circumstances arise that a lawn gets too tall and you just have to cut a bunch to get caught up, break it ProLawn mastering mowing into several mowings with three or so days between cuttings.
    • Try to avoid mowing when the grass is wet.
    • When mowing only a third of your lawn with each cutting, you can safely leave the clippings that will quickly decompose and add nutrients back into the soil. Contrary to popular opinion, grass clippings do not add to thatch buildup. Grass blades are made up of about 75% water.
    • Mow your lawn in a different direction with each mowing, especially those with shorter grass types. Altering the direction ensures a more even cut since grass blades will grow more erect and less likely to develop into a set pattern.
    • Keep your mower’s blade sharp, which means having it sharpened several times during the mowing season. A good idea is to keep several blades around so you’ll always have a sharp one on hand.
    • Don’t forget to change your mower’s oil at least once during the mowing season.
    • If you didn’t drain your gas tank in the fall, or use a fuel stabilizer, don’t use that old gas, it can cause a number of problems. Better to use fresh gasoline to begin the new mowing season.
    • Avoid discharging grass clippings onto the street or driveways where they can be washed into the storm sewers and add to the pollution of our waterways.

 

SAFE MOWING TIPS

The Center for Childhood Safety offers these tips for safe lawn mowing:

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      Keep kids off the lawn while mowing and pick up all toys before mowing.

    • Clear the area of stones, sticks, and other objects that could get thrown by the mower.

    • Avoid mowing backwards unless absolutely necessary.

    • Wear closed-toe shoes and avoid loose clothing that could get caught. Ear and eye protection is also a good idea.

    • Ensure your mower is in good condition before you start. Attach all safety equipment properly, such as protective guards and shields.ProLawn

    • Avoid mowing during a thunderstorm, when the grass is wet, or if it is too dark to see.

    • If your lawn mower is electric, use a ground fault circuit interrupter to prevent electric shock.

    • Children should not operate a walk-behind/hand mower until 12 years old and riding mowers until 16 years old.

    • Once children are old enough to learn how to operate the mower, take time to show them how to safely mow. Continue to supervise when they use the mower until you are certain they can safely complete the task alone.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to the Pros @ ProLawn by calling 540-662-8316 or emailing clientservices@prolawn.com