Proper Mowing Techniques

Turf expert Dr. Trey Rogers tells us the best way to insure good lawn health is to mow properly. Here’s how:

  • Start with a sharp mower blade.
  • Mowing more often.
  • Cut off no more that 1/3 of the grass blade’s length at one time to prevent shocking the plant.
  • Allow the grass clippings to fall back onto the lawn (mulch) instead of bagging them.

Clippings provide important nutrients, and contrary to conventional thought, do not promote thatch.

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  1. I erred and fertilized two weeks ago. We have temperatures in the 90s and I now have some dead spots throughout my lawn. I had done research on fertilizing, but I missed reading about not fertilizing in the heat! I am going to raise the blades on my mower and not use a grass bag when I cut. I have been watering the yard or just the dead spots a bit every day. Any suggestions you can offer to help me get those spots green again would be so much appreciated!! Thank you !


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