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Mowing Tips

Proper mowing is essential in maintaining an attractive, healthy lawn. The following characteristics are directly related to your mowing practices:

Turf density and color

Thatch buildup

Depth of rooting

Your lawns susceptibility to insects, diseases and weed infestations

The ability of the lawn to withstand stresses such as drought and foot traffic.


Mowing Height

The proper mowing height varies with the type of grass and the season. Listed below are the ranges of mowing heights for the different types of grasses.


     Grass Type                         Cutting Height

    Fine  Fescue                                     1-3”

      Bentgrass                                       ¼-1”

  Perennial Ryegrass                             1-2½”

To check your mowing height, place your mower on a solid surface and measure the distance between the blade and the ground. Your mowing height should be altered with the season. Cutting the lawn higher during the summer enables it to withstand the warmer drier weather. During the fall through spring months mow your lawn lower to reduce thatch buildup. In shaded areas cut your lawn ½” higher to compensate for the reduced sunlight.


Mowing Frequency

As with the mowing height, the mowing frequency depends on your particular lawn and the time of year. A rule of thumb is to mow your lawn when it grows twenty-five percent about the recommended mowing height. You may need to mow once every five days or once a month depending on the season. If you are away from home and unable to follow the twenty-five- percent rule, raise your mowing height to compensate. Afterwards you may gradually reduce your mowing height to the desired level. Mowing off more than twenty-five percent of the grass blade will result in a thin yellowed lawn.



Sharpen your mower blade at least a year. A dull blade will shred rather than cut the grass.

Alternate your mowing direction to avoid causing ruts, wear patterns, and compaction.

Occasionally your lawn may look poorly after mowing. This may be the result of exposing the dead grass blades which make up the lower part of your lawn. To remove the dead grass blades, lower your mowing height for one mowing then raise it back to your normal mowing height. CAUTION: This is very stressful to the lawn and should be done during the early spring or late fall only. Please consult with us before attempting this procedure.


Our programs are most effective when the treatments are performed on a regular basis. If at any time you are not satisfied with the results, please contact us immediately and we will either reapply the last treatment or issue a refund for the last application.