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Mowing Properly in Spring

Delivering care to your lawn at the right time and in the proper way is crucial for preparing grass for the intensity of the summer growing season, when the temperatures rise and the sun takes its toll.!

After spending the winter months in dormancy, grass has awakened early and is in need of some tender loving care, including a good mowing. Mowing the lawn in spring isn't about waiting until a specific date but requires monitoring the length of grass and waiting for it to reach the right height. Often in spring, the lawn is very bumpy or uneven. Like many things, different parts of the lawn will start to grow faster than another. Taking off the top layer of some of the taller spots will not only even it out, but often help to kick start the other areas too.

A good service check on your mower each year is also a good way to start the season. Be sure to sharpen the blades. Dull blades will just tear the grass, which leaves the lawn looking rough. Sharp blades give a nice clean cut and look. In addition, check that the deck is level and all four wheels are set on the same setting. If you have a riding mower, be sure your tires are properly inflated and of equal pressure. Having an unlevel mower means you will leave crooked mowing patterns in your lawn.

Make sure you aren’t scalping your lawn. The best practice for mowing is to only remove 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. Set your mower on its highest setting and take a test mow in part of the lawn. If you need to adjust it down lower, do so at small increments. Setting the deck at 3-3.5” is best. In the spring, you may need to mow more than once a week. We find that some of the nicest looking lawns are mowed every 3-5 days in the spring. This keeps them looking nice and green, and prevents clumps of grass clippings from being left behind.

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