Mowing affects growth and development of your lawn. In southwestern BC, mow to a height of 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) to 2 inches
(5 cm). Although most improved varieties can be mowed down to a height of 1 inch, remember the shorter you cut your lawn the more often you will have to mow it.
Established lawns are capable of being maintained at 1" mowing height. That being said the shorter you keep your lawn, the more frequent you will have to mow it to maintain the 1/3 mowing height rule of thumb.
Good Mowing Practices:
Never mow more than 1/3 of the total grass height. Cutting too much off the plant will send it into shock.
Do not lower the mower during the year if at all possible. Grass does not respond well to abrupt changes in mowing height.
Keep mower blades sharp. With rotary mowers only the outward 1/4 inch of blade does the cutting. A sign of a dull mower blade is fractured or shredded looking grass blade tips.
Change direction of mowing from one time to the next to ensure an even cut.
Whenever possible use a bag catcher to collect clippings.
Important Mowing Tip
Due to the aggressive growth habit of a newly installed lawn, special attention must be made to regular mowings (rule of thumb is never remove more than 1/3 of the total grass height at time of mowing).
*Note 1: A 2" mowing height should not be allowed to grow taller than 3" at a time of mowing.
*Note 2: This rule of mowing also applies to newly installed lawns and will usually require a mow within the first week and sometimes subsequent mowings every 4 to 5 days during the first month after installation.
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