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Lawn Care — Mowing

General:
One of the keys to maintaining a beautiful lawn is in the mowing. Mower height, sharpness, cleanliness, and mowing schedule can make the difference between a lush green lawn and a brown weed infested one. The following are mowing tips that will help keep your lawn looking its best:

Sharpness:
Mower blades must be maintained in sharp condition to keep your lawn looking its best. Dull blades do not cut evenly, which results in damaged blades that will give the lawn a brown cast. A sharp mower will leave the grass blade with a straight tip and minimal damage or browning.

Height:
Mowing height can vary significantly depending on the lawn variety and your site and seasonal conditions. For example, Tifgreen Bermuda, does very well at 1/2 inch while Bluegrass does better at 2 to 3 inches. To get a suggested mowing height for your lawn, select your variety from the menu options. If you have shade, increase the mowing height somewhat. During the warm growing months, you may find that you have to increase your mowing height gradually as the season progresses. If so, you can gradually reduce the height again during the cooler months starting in December.

Cleanliness:
Make sure your mower is clean of weeds and other contaminants prior to cutting your lawn. Weeds like common Bermuda, crabgrass, and kikuyugrass can be transferred from one lawn to another if they are cut with the same lawn mower.

Schedule:
Most lawn varieties require weekly mowing during the growing season. Letting your lawn get too tall between mowings, can cause damage. In general, it is not recommended to mow off more than 1/3 of the blade height. Warm season varieties do not require mowing during the winter months if they have gone dormant. Cool season varieties like Marathon will slow down significantly in the winter months. In some instances, you may be able to mow your lawn once every second or third week. Be careful not to allow your lawn to get too tall between mowings!

Marathon Varieties:
Begin mowing weekly one week after installation. Using a rotary mower cut Marathon Sod at a height of 2 to 3 inches, Marathon II at a height of 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Marathon III should be cut at a height of 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches. Do not mow off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blades at one time. A sharp mower is essential - white or yellow grass blade tips are the result of a dull mower. Always remove the grass clippings or use a mulching mower.

Pureblue and Ryeblue:
Begin mowing weekly one week after installation. Using a rotary mower cut sod at a height of 2 to 3 inches. The shorter height is recommended for cooler seasons and the longer height for warmer times of the year. Do not mow off more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blades at one time. A sharp mower is essential - white or yellow grass blade tips are the result of a dull mower. Always remove the grass clippings or use a mulching mower.

St. Augustine:
Mow St. Augustine weekly throughout its growing season. Mowing height may vary between 1 and 2 inches depending on preference. Never mow off more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at one time, since plant injury may result. Always remove grass clippings or use a mulching mower.

Tifgreen:
Mow Tifgreen weekly during the warm season. A seven or more blade front throw reel type mower will give best results. Rotary mowers will not do a satisfactory job on hybrid Bermudas. Adjust your mower to between 1/4 and 1/2 inch cutting height. This low-cut will give a putting green appearance and slow that thatch build-up. Always remove the clippings. For an optimal appearance, mow twice weekly during the summer months.

El Toro Zoysia:
Mow El Toro Zoysia weekly throughout its growing season. Mowing height may vary between 1 and 2 inches depending on preference. Never mow off more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at one time, since plant injury may result. Always remove grass clippings or use a mulching mower.

Dichondra:
Mowing dichondra is optional and depends on your personal preference. If left unmowed, dichondra will develop an uneven rolling appearance. When mowed it can be kept very even and uniform. Always be careful not to mow off more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time, since plant injury will result. Remove clippings to avoid creating an environment for diseases and insects.