Lawn Mowing Tips Utah
All turf-grass varieties should be mowed at or near their optimal mowing height. This will keep grass healthy and dense. Higher density means more soil surface shading, which severely restricts the germination of many annual grasses and broadleaf weeds.
The Hidden Benefits of Grass Clippings
Grass clippings can give you trouble when the grass is long and you are cutting more than 1/3 off or when cutting when the grass is wet. Grass clippings are approximately 75% water and contain up to 25% nutrients. Clippings quickly break down, returning moisture and nutrients to the soil.
Mowing Frequency & Height
The height of the cut, frequency of mowing, and lawn mower maintenance are all important factors in your lawn care. Check your mower and make certain it is cutting at the correct height. The minimum height for a lawn in Utah is 2 inches. The preferred mowing height for all Utah turf-grass varieties is 2.5 to 3 inches.
The height of your lawn is determined from the top of the thatch level to the top of the grass blade, and maintaining a taller blade length will help keep your lawn and root system healthy. Taller lawns reduce evaporation and help prevent weeds by shading the soil. Your lawn will stay greener when it’s kept at the right height.
Mowing your grass to less than 2 inches can result in decreased drought and heat tolerance and higher incidence of insects, diseases and weeds. Use a ruler or another measuring gauge to check your cutting height level.
Mow your lawn often enough so no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is removed during any single mowing. Lawn growth is effected by a variety of conditions, such as the season, grass type, irrigation frequency and the temperature. If possible, adapt your mowing schedule to your lawn’s needs. During early spring and mid summer growing periods, you may need to mow more than once a week.
You should also sharpen your mower blades frequently. Dull mower blades will produce a poor appearance as they shred the grass blades. A dull blade will also contribute to a higher incidence of turf insects and disease.