Having a quality lawn involves promoting healthy soil, adding plenty of the right nutrients, and using proper lawn maintenance techniques. Proper lawn maintenance is an integral part of having a beautiful, healthy lawn.
The first rule of proper lawn mowing is to always keep your mower blade sharp. Mowing with a dull mower blade will cause several avoidable problems such as excessive water usage, increased disease activity, and poor appearance. The second rule is to never cut off more than one third of the grass blade when mowing. Removing too much of the blade at one time causes stress and creates an environment ripe for disease. Bagging your clippings is not recommended in most cases (except for the first mowing of the season on Bermuda and Zoysia lawns when you will need to bag your clippings). Lawn clippings will quickly decompose and add nutrients back to the soil.
Bermuda – .5″ to 2″ (1.5″ is ideal)
Zoysia – .75″ to 2″ (1.5″ is ideal)
Fescue – 2.5″ to 4″ (3″ is ideal)
Centipede – 1″ to 2″ (1.5″ is ideal)