How Frequently Should You Perform Lawn Mowing
“How often should you mow your lawn?” “When should I mow my new lawn?” “When to stop mowing lawn in Fall?” These are the kinds of questions we get asked on a regular basis. The truth is, the grass is always greener when you keep it maintained properly! In this blog we will answer as many questions as we can.
There are a number of factors that work together to make sure your lawn is the healthiest, greenest, and lushest it can be year-round. One of them is determining how often should you mow the lawn to achieve optimal health and appearance. Some other factors that combine with a set mowing schedule to assure a great looking lawn include cutting the grass to the desired height and what percentage to take off the top to foster ideal growth.
Key Factors that Determine the Frequency of Lawn Mowing
You should try to stick to one main rule above all others, and that is to only cut off a maximum of one third of the length of the blades of grass at any one cutting. For most lawns, this means mowing your lawn once per week on average. Also, you will want to cut your grass at the same height and keep it at a uniform length.
The average grass length of 4” is suitable for most lawns, it is at this height that grass grows at its most healthy and is most likely to thrive. Mowing your lawn to shorter lengths also can be damaging to your grass, lawns grow better when they are not stunted by close cutting.
The key factors that influence how fast your grass grows really only amount to a short list to consider, but they may play a factor some of the time. However, professional lawn care companies often will only mow once per week at the same 4” cutting height to maintain a uniform growth pattern to the grass and lawn and avoid issues that may arise from mowing on different, skewed schedules. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that affect the rate your grass does grow here:
- How Much You Fertilize. The amount of nitrogen directly affects how fast your grass grows. Grass will grow rapidly when treated with high amounts of fertilizer while receiving adequate water and sunshine. This may affect the need to be cut during certain timeframes of the year, under specific conditions.
- The Time of the Year. Your lawn will grow in relation to the seasons and area of the world in which you live. In the winter months, you may have little or no growth of your grass and may not have to have mowing occur, but in the Spring, Summer, and Fall you should have a static, normal growth of grass that needs to be cut on a routine basis.
- Amount of Sun the Lawn Receives. Your lawn grows in direct relation to the amount of sunlight it receives. If your lawn has shady patches a lot of the time during the day, you may have patches of your lawn that grow out of sync with each other. If your lawn receives a lot of sunlight or a normal amount of sunlight, you will have rapid or normal growth in your lawn, respectively.
- Amount of Water and Nutrients the Lawn Receives. If you live in an area with little to no rainfall, or in drought conditions and you do not water your lawn or have sporadic watering, you may have thin or brown grass develop and drastic steps may need to be taken to save your lawn. Regular watering or the usual, regular rain that falls can provide enough water to develop a routine of normal lawn cutting. Nutrients in your lawn may also affect the rate at which your grass grows and may result in changes in mowing schedules.
- Type of Grass. The type of grass you have can sometimes affect the regularity you need to have your grass mowed, but most of the time average lawns are cut at the same rate.
Other Factors Relating to and Affecting Lawn Mowing Schedule
“When to mow a new lawn?” If you are over-cutting your lawn, you will risk yellowing the grass out and making it unhealthy. Make sure you only cut your lawn on a weekly basis in most cases, as cutting it on different schedules will make it grow erratically. If your grass is excessively tall when you first mow it, you still need to stick with the one third rule or you risk damaging your grasses’ health if you cut off more than one third of the length of the grass blades. If you mow really tall grass and cut it off too abruptly, too quickly, the roots can be “shocked” and this will cause the grass to die or become damaged.
Also, the grass beneath the tall grass once exposed can become burned by the harsh new sunlight that will shine upon it. This phenomenon is similar to getting a sunburn at the beginning of summertime. Gradually reduce the grass height instead of an “all at once” drastic mowing. In this case, mowing several times over the course of a short period of time or catching up later until the grass is brought down to 4 inches in length is recommended.
“How often to mow lawn?” Different types of grass have different heights they ideally should grow to, but in the cases of most modern residences, the length of the grass, no matter what it’s type, can be universally set to be cut at 4 inches without much of an issue arising. Getting you lawn under control is easy once you get a stable schedule in place, just make sure to keep the schedule current and don’t skip weeks or let it get backed up and you should be fine.
Making a Lawn Mowing Schedule Plan
Consulting with a professional landscaper will allow you to develop a schedule to have your lawn mowed correctly, according to the needs of your lawn and the climate in which you live. The frequency of the mowing of your lawn by most professional landscapers is scheduled mostly on a weekly basis, and the height of the grass to be cut is set at about 4 inches for residential mowing. If you are looking for a reliable, knowledgeable professional lawn care service to handle all aspects of your lawn mowing needs, make sure to check out our website and bookmark to contact us at your convenience.