Mowing is one of the most important cultural practices performed in lawn maintenance, regardless of whether the lawn is fertilized, irrigated or receives applications of control products. Proper mowing practices are essential if a high quality lawn is to develop. A mowed lawn within standards will have fewer weed populations, better moisture, stress tolerance, and ultimately better quality than lawns not maintained within recommendations.
Besides, a properly mowed lawn will have a tremendous effect on the appearance of your property. The mowing height is an important factor to consider. For best appearance, turf should be maintained at a consistent height.
Grasscycling is the natural way to recycling grass-clippings by leaving them on the lawn when mowing. It is a simple and effective way to help conserve landfill capacity while benefiting from getting a greener and healther lawn
Grasscycling does not spread lawn diseases, and does not cause thatch build-up in the lawn
The USDA Research Center in Beltville Maryland:
A previous study at the USDA research station in Beltville Maryland, showed that thatch is composed primarily of grass roots, not clippings. Clippings left on the lawn decay quickly and release valuable nutrients back to the lawn. It has been proven that it is an effective method for turf management... It also provides an important opportunity for everyone to participate in curbside waste management while saving $ by reducing lawn mowing labor cost...
However, for all those who must have their clippings taking away from site due to using the area for kids-play, or are allergic to it, there is no need to feel guilt. Local laws requires us (the mowers) to take all clippins to the yard waste recycling center where all clippings are procesed and converted into organic matters (fertilizers, and other environmentally friendly energy sources)
Keeping blades Sharp:
One of the most important things to ensure a quality cut is keeping the blades sharp. A good rule of thumb is to sharpen blades after 10/20 hours of use. Cutting with dull blades actually tears the grass instead of cutting it, causing the top part of the grass blade to turn brown. That will result in a dull and patchy look throughout your lawn.
Alternating mowing Patterns:
Mowing in the same direction (week after weeks) will leave tire marks and compact the soil and turf. We use two or three mowing patterns and alternate between them weekly. This will prevent soil compaction and give an interesting patterns on the lawn.
Making sure the cutting height is right:
Cutting the lawn too short makes it vulnerable to disease and insects, because the crown is extremely exposed. Lawn dehydration also take place when cut too short in the drier and hotter months, causing the grass to die, and as a result, heat-resistant weeds will take-over the lawn.
All mowing machines should be set to cut at recommended height, so it must be calibrated accordingly.
We try not to mow when it is too wet. In Spring that may be hard to do but mowing when wet will cause soil compaction and give us a less desirable finish cut...
However, if grass must be cut to prevent over-growth due to continuing rains, we must consider xtracare to prevent damages to the turf, perhaps some-times the use of smaller or lighter machines will be necesary.