Proper Mowing

Lawn mowing, although often overlooked, greatly affects your lawns appearance and general health. The main factors to consider are mowing height, frequency, mulching vs. bagging, and blade sharpness.




Mowing Height


Mowing height is one of the most critical issues in keeping your lawn healthy. Under most circumstances, lawns in our area should be mowed at 2 ½ to 3 inches long. This is usually the highest or next to the highest setting of most residential mowers..


There are lots of reasons why mowing high is healthier for your lawn:


Tall grass grows more slowly--Grass mowed tall grows more slowly and, therefore, needs less frequent cutting. Because it still has plenty of foliage surface to collect energy from the sun, it isn’t compelled to quickly replace the lost leaf surface.

Tall grass reduces water needs--Tall grass has the energy to grow blades and roots simultaneously. Deep roots help grass plants handle drought because they have access stored water deep in the soil.


Tall grass shades the soil, reducing evaporation of its valuable moisture and cooling the crowns of the grass plants. 


Mow grass growing in partly shady areas higher--by about 1/2 inch--than your grass growing in the sun. Because it gets so little light, this grass needs maximum leaf surface to compensate for the light deprivation. 


Mowing too short will lead to a root system that is limited and shallow. Your lawn will be more prone to summer drought and disease stress. Mowing higher usually provides for a deeper root system, a lawn that looks better, requires less water, and is less likely to experience weed invasion.  


Mowing Frequency


Lawns should be mowed often enough so no more than one third of the grass leaf is removed at any one cutting. Removing more than one third puts the grass under stress and reduces its vitality. The grass’s capacity to receive enough sun to make energy to grow is seriously reduced by the removal of so much blade surface. When more than 33 % of the grass plant is amputated at one time, the plant stops producing roots. All its energy is devoted to replacing lost foliage. This reduces the grass's vigor and its ability to withstand dry periods. So, frequent mowing and cuts limited to 1/3 of the blades definitely make a difference in the health of your lawn. Cutting more than one-third of the grass blade leads to problems with insects, disease, and weeds.


Also, try to avoid mowing when the grass is wet.


Mulching Versus Bagging


You can safely leave grass clippings that will quickly decompose and add nutrients back into the soil when no more than one third of the grass leaf is removed. Another reason to mulch is that it reduces the amount of time it takes to mow.  Grass clippings do not add to thatch buildup. Research has shown that clippings do not contribute to thatch.


Blade Sharpness


Keep your mower's blade sharp, which means having it professionally sharpened at least once a year and touching it yourselves with a file every month or two. RANESCAPE recommends keeping at least two sets of blades around so you'll always have a sharp one on hand.


A dull blade shreds the top of the grass leaf, giving the lawn an off-colored appearance, this is usually more noticeable a day or two later or when the weather is dry. In addition to making your lawn appear brown after mowing, shredding the top of the grass leaf increases the possibility of lawn disease. 



Mowing Service

Our mowing service can give your property that manicured look that you want but may not have the time to accomplish.


We would be happy to give you a free estimate and Lawn Analysis.


Lawn Fertilization

Our lawn fertilization program can help you get that dense, green and lush lawn you want without the work.


We would be happy to give you a free estimate and Lawn Analysis.


Water the Smart Way

A professionally installed sprinkler system is truly the smart way to water your landscape.  It will add convenience to your life, save you time, and save water.


We would be happy to supply you with more information and a free estimate.