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Lawn Mowing Tip #2 – Sharpen those blades!

I can’t stress to you enough how proper mowing, with properly maintained equipment can sometimes play as big an impact on the overall health of your lawn as our lawn care treatment program will.   I recommend periodically checking your lawn mower blade through out the season to ensure your getting the best cut for your lawn.

Why is a sharp blade important? 

A dull mower blade will shred the grass blades, causing a brown appearance.  This will also leave your lawn more susceptible to disease problems.

How do i know when my blades need sharping? 

Check your grass blades first off..  If the lawn has that brown appearance, even after you know you haven’t got to much off at one time, its a good sign it may be time to sharpen that blade.  Take a look at the grass blades. Are the ends shredded and frayed? thats your sign…  Also, take a visible look at the blade, its normally pretty obvious just by getting a visual on the condition.  Chips and dings in the blade are a good sign it may be time to sharpen or even replace the lawn mower blade.

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Lawn Mowing Tip #1 – Mowing to much off at one time.

Proper mowing of the lawn is a good way to ensure the best results from our lawn care program and to help maintain a more green and healthy lawn.  We always recommend to never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one cutting.  On actively growing turf, such as warm season grasses during the summer, it may be required that you mow your lawn every 3 to 5 days or at the  minimum every 7 days for the best cut quality and best appearance.

Why scalping late in the season is bad!

When you remove to much grass off at one time, your essentially “shocking” the lawn, and doing more harm than anything.  During dry times this can be especially hard on the lawn, because it isn’t growing as fast, and the scalped areas may not return for quite some time.  Scalping the lawn late in the season is particularly bad because as the weather cools as we near fall, the grass will slow its growth. Its possible that these “scalped” areas will not recover from this until spring green up…  This can mean a thin lawn all winter,  and thin lawns can be more susceptible to weed infestations.

Lawn Mowing Acworth, Ga – Should I mulch or bag my clippings?

Should i Bag my clippings or Mulch them?

This is a question we get alot from our lawn care customers in acworth, ga. When mowing  your lawn we always recommend to mulch the clippings back into the lawn to get the best results from our lawn care program.  Letting the clippings go back down is a great way to keep the lawn healthy and green because the clippings will recycle many important nutrients back into the lawn.  In addition to being good for the lawn, this can also be a real time saver because it cuts out the work involved in mowing the lawn.  Imagine the time you will save if you don’t have to worry about dumping the bag and moving the clippings somewhere?

Wont this contribute to thatch build up?

It has often been said that mulching can contribute to thatch build up which is not always true.  With frequent enough mowings where your not removing over 1/3 of the grass blade the clippings will break down quicker and not cause a thatch problem.  Infrequent mowings where you alot of the grass blade off at one time would be a different story.  We always recommend to mow your actively growing lawn atleast on a weekly

 

A lawn we "mulch" mow in dallas, ga

A lawn we “mulch” mow in dallas, ga