Lawn mowing is a very important and necessary part of lawn care and lawn maintenance. It is also extremely necessary for quality turf grass. Lawn mowing also has to be done frequently and at the correct height for you to reap the full rewards and benefits of a well maintained and healthy lawn.
A good general rule of thumb to follow when deciding on the height for the mowing, is to never remove more than one-third of the leaf area per mowing. Having said that it is also very important to mow frequently so that you are not forced into a situation where you have to break the key rule of not removing more than one-third of the leaf area. Doing so will stress the grass tremendously as you end up removing too much of the foliage at one time.
Mowing frequently will also mean that you do not have to remove the clippings. Clippings can contribute enormously to the health of the lawn as they are an excellent source of slow-release nutrients to the grass plant. However, the clippings must never be so heavy that they cover the uncut grass. If this happens, you should always remove them so as to expose the grass to sunlight.
Always make sure your lawn mower blades are sharp – this avoids damaging grass in the same way that cutting your hair with blunt scissors would damage it!
In lawn care and maintenance it is imperative to be very watchful and to keep a very close watch for “thatch” which can cause great damage to a lawn. Usually after many years of good lawn care and maintenance, some lawns develop a spongy layer of stem and grass residue called “thatch”. In fact all lawns have some element of thatch, but when this thatch depth reaches more than one inch deep, then it becomes a real danger and has to be removed. The reason is that it can easily be a haven for diseases and insects that will harm your lawn.
The other problems caused by thatch includes the fact that heavy thatch areas on the lawn will tend to interfere with proper watering, weed control, and fertilization programs.
Thatch usually tends to affect lawns that are heavily fertilized, much more than those that are not. For example Bermuda grasses and zoysia grasses will tend to quickly develop thatches when over-fertilized.
When mowing your lawn, you should also remember to ensure that your mower blade is sharp as this will help prevent damage to the tuft grass.
Many times blade quality deteriorates too quickly as a result of careless mowing. This is why before you start mowing, you should always make sure that you carefully walk over the lawn area and look for rocks, bones, wires and basically anything that will hinder smooth and efficient mowing or even damage your mower.
Always remember to adjust the mowing height of the mower before you start the engine or begin mowing.
Grass grown in the shade should generally be cut one-half inch higher that the recommended cutting heights. This is because, like with all other plants, sunshine is important to grass and sections that receive enough of it on your lawn will tend to grow much faster and will also be much more healthier than sections on the same lawn that are under shades and do not therefore receive enough sunlight.