Mowing lawns to many people seems like little more than a tedious chore which is constantly needing attention, the grass is getting out of control, which makes the home look messy, and it's just another job we need to do regularly.
For the Lawn Care Professional however, he or she can share with you just how important mowing a lawn really is to so many factors of lawn care. This simple task, if done correctly contributes to not only a clean finish to the turf itself but helps its health, prevents weeds from taking hold or reproducing, and helps keep lawn diseases under control.
How Often To Mow
When we begin discussing how often to mow lawns, one of the most important factors to consider is that we need to mow it regularly enough so that excess thatch doesn't occur in between mowings, which would result in a lawn being scalped when too much leaf material is removed in any single lawn mowing service.
When grass gets too long between cuts, the crowns of the lawn also raise up higher, the brown thatch layer raises higher, and the section of the lawns leaf which is actually the green part we like and use as our lawns also raises up higher. The problem is that when we then mow an overgrown lawn back to a regular and normal height, we risk cutting off all the green leaf which stops photosynthesis and food production to the lawn, we reveal the brown thatch layer, which is just plain ugly, and we risk cutting off the crowns of the lawn, which will result in the death of the lawn in the section affected.
Mulch mowing also becomes more difficult or less effective when the lawn isn't being mowed regularly.
Lawn Mowing Frequency
When choosing a mowing frequency for your own lawn, we need to aim for removing the least amount of green leaf in each mowing down to a minimum. The most recommended amount of leaf material to remove in a single mowing is never to remove more than 1/3 of the green leaf at any lawn mowing service. While the warmer weather will require more regular lawn mowing and as the seasons cool, lawn mowing regularity decreases.
All regions around the country will have different requirements when it comes to lawn mowing frequency, other factors will include how severe to cold or the heat gets in Winters and Summers, as well as the lawn type. Other factors apart from environmental factors then include human factors such as how often the lawn is watered, how often it is fertilized, how much sun it gets, and the overall health of the lawn as managed by it's owners.
If you're new to lawn care or have moved to a new region, or have a new grass type, the best place to begin with choosing a lawn service routine is to check on what your neighbors are doing with their own lawn mowing frequencies. Check the properties which have the best lawns and are the same grass type as your own, and then take note how often it is being mowed, or simply just begin copying the neighbors lawn mowing routine and mow your own lawn as soon as you see his or her lawn freshly cut, and you'll soon develop your own sense and routine of lawn mowing regularity for optimum lawn care and health.