As the majority of lawn “gurus” acknowledge that the most of lawn care concerns are an effect of not mowing at the correct heights and not keeping mower blades sharp. It is a well-known fact that mowing your lawn frequently and at proper heights can stop weed growth, keep the lawn moist, keep color and support reducing disorders of the lawn and soil. All through the year your lawn needs different growing heights. Managing your grass at these heights will improve your lawns density and minimize complications.
March to mid-April mower height setting should be set at around 2 inches for the first 2-3 mowing of the year. Raise the level gradually with the increasing outside temperatures.
April-October mower adjustment should rise with warmer temperatures. Raise mower height little by little as the environment gets warmer. Keep them at a minimum height of 2, 5 to 3 inches. This will help to keep moisture and shade turf roots in the summer.
October-November mower settings should be lowered back to around 2 inches. This will prepare the lawn for “inactivity period” for the upcoming winter.
For the winter months, that extra top growth will bend under the weight of snow and rain, holding that necessary cool moisture on the soil. And, a lower mowing height is recommended when mulching up fallen leaves.
Do not cut more than 1/3 of the grass blades when mowing. Cutting more than that will stimulate roots to come out for more moisture and will dry out roots.
Always keep your mower blades sharp, flat blades will chew up and fray grass blades, making your lawn an ugly, gray look. It also makes the plant more prone to disease and insect problems.
For a healthy lawn, try not to mow when the lawn is too damp or wet, this will ruin roots by “ripping” grass, rather than cutting.