How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn?

To keep your lawn well-trimmed, it’s essential to mow it regularly. However, most homeowners don’t know how to efficiently mow their own yards. Often enough, they over mow their lawns and make it look bare. Or they mow too little, and their lawns end up looking messy. Plus, weeds are a known threat to lawns, so it’s important to not only make your lawn look tidy, but maintain their health as well. By removing the top part of your grass, aka the older section, you can make your lawn look fresh and green.

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Lawn experts refer to the rule of cutting one-third of your grass. This means that you shouldn’t cut more than a third of every piece of grass while mowing your lawn. Below are a few considerations you should keep in mind to help your lawn look the best year-round.

Type Of Grass

Believe it or not, each different type of grass grows best in different seasons, and thus have different care requirements. First, you should determine what type of grass is in your lawn. You’ll need to mow your lawn more often during their growing seasons. For example, cool season grasses grow more in the fall and spring, whereas warm season grasses grow more in the summer. Warm season grasses include Bermuda grass, Bahia grass, Carpet grass, and Zoysia grass. Cool season grasses include Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, and Fine Fescue.

However, besides identifying what type of grass you’re growing, you should also see how mowing it can affect its health. For example, we recommend mowing warm season grasses when they reach a height of two-inches and cool season grasses when they reach a height of 3.5 inches.

Time Of Year

When growing your lawn, you have to take the time of year into great consideration. For example, in the winter, your grass isn’t going to grow if you live in a cold climate. In fact, you shouldn’t be worried about mowing your lawn at all in the winter, since it will probably be covered in frost and snow. But, for people who live in warmer climates, you should still mow your lawn during the winter, just less often than in the summer.

Typically, you will need to mow your grass more during its growing season. When determining what type of grass is in your lawn, you should have also figured out when the growing season is. So, if your grass' growing season is during the summer, you will need to mow more frequently then. If your lawn grows more during the spring and fall, you should mow more frequently during those months.

Water & Nutrients

Depending on how much water and nutrients your lawn is getting it may either grow too much or not enough. If your grass isn’t getting enough nutrients, it’s crucial that you fertilize it to make up for the loss of nutrients. Or, if it’s not getting enough water, it’s essential that you water your lawn at least once a day. Even though mowing can be annoying to do every week, if your lawn is overgrowing, it’s important to do.

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How Much Sunlight Your Lawn Gets

For homeowners with particularly large lawns, you’re going to notice some parts of it may appear dull and brown if some areas of your lawn have sunlight and other areas don’t. Also, the more sunlight your lawn gets, the more quickly it will grow. We suggest removing things that can block out sunlight that your lawn needs to grow to prevent your lawn from dying. Also, once you find out how fast your lawn grows, then you can set a recurring lawn mowing schedule to keep it healthy.

Keeping your lawn healthy by mowing it is essential to do, especially if you’re preparing for a family get together over the summer. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can better take care of your yard by avoiding over mowing your grass. Good luck on your lawn care for the new year.

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Henry Killingsworth - January 22, 2020

You made a helpful point when you mentioned that it is important to mow your lawn every week so that it doesn’t become overgrown. My father is going to be getting surgery on his knee soon, and while he is recovering he won’t be able to cut his grass. I think it would be a good idea for him to hire a landscaping service to help him maintain his lawn while he is healing.


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