Proper mowing and watering dramatically impact the health of your lawn. Give your lawn and landscape the right attention with the following tips:
- Mow frequently. Don’t remove more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade height in any single mowing. Mow at least once per week during the growing season.
- Mow high. During the heat of the summer, you should mow your lawn at the highest recommended cutting height to help grass retain water.
- Water deeply and infrequently. Our Florida sands dry out quickly so set your sprinkler system to run twice per week to deliver ¾ inch of water per zone. Clay soils may not need to be watered as frequently. Check your local extension service for recommendations or contact us for a free inspection.
Look for signs indicating your lawn is too dry:
- A dull bluish-gray coloring to your grass
- Foot tracks that seem to remain in the grass
- Leaf blades that are folded in half or wilted.
The key to a healthy landscape during dry periods is a balance of proper irrigation and proper maintenance. Either too little or too much irrigation can lead to an increase in weed, pest and diseases. For help keeping your landscape healthy and green all year long, contact Massey Services GreenUP for a free, detailed inspection.
As the warm weather arrives and our grass starts growing rapidly again, it’s important to make sure you’re mowing properly. Mowing plays a critical role in the health of your landscape and if done incorrectly, can leave your lawn exposed to weeds, insects and diseases. Here are a few mowing tips that will help ensure that your mowing is adding to the health and beauty of your landscape.
- Mow Frequently: You should mow at least once per week during the warmer months and once every 10 – 14 days during the cooler months.
- Mow at the Proper Height: Different grasses require different mowing heights that vary from 1-4″. Mowing too low will cause the grass to turn brown and possibly take weeks to recover.
- Use a Sharp Blade: A dull blade will “rip” the grass rather than make a clean cut. This leaves the grass exposed to disease and the ripped tips will turn brown leaving your lawn unsightly.
- Avoid Mowing Wet Grass: Wet clippings can clog your mower, reducing its efficiency to effectively cut your grass.
- Leave Clippings, If Possible: Grass clippings return vital nutrients to your landscape.
Proper mowing can mean the success or failure of your lawn.
Proper mowing practices, along with fertilization and irrigation, can largely determine the success or failure of a lawn. That’s because mowing correctly increases turf density, producing a tighter lawn. Correct cutting also promotes greater root depth. And, a dense lawn with deep roots yields numerous advantages. Count among them:
To determine if you are mowing properly, check two factors: height and frequency. See the guide below for your lawn type.
||Optimal Mowing Height (inches)
||Mowing Frequency (days)
||3.0 – 4.0
||7 – 17
||0.5 – 1.5
||3 – 5
||1.5 – 2.0
||10 – 14
||1.5 – 2.0
||10 – 14
||1.0 – 2.0
||5 – 10
||2.5 – 4.0
||5 – 14
||1.0 – 3.0
||10 – 14
For more tips like these from our professionals, or to find out how our GreenUP Landscape Service can make your lawn beautiful, schedule a Free Landscape Inspection or call Massey’s GreenUP Landscape Services at 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739).