Scalping your lawn means mowing your lawn down to 1″ and removing the dormant layer. Warm season lawns should be scalped once a year in the spring (March). This will help to decrease thatch, improve spring green-up, help control spring weeds, and improve the appearance of your lawn all season.
How to Scalp
1. Make sure your mower blade is sharp. This way you are cutting instead of tearing the grass blade.
2. Bag your clippings. Although we recommend mulching your clippings with regular weekly maintenance, you should always bag your clippings when scalping.
3. Set your mower height down to 1″ or the lowest setting. Some mowers may not go down to 1″.
4. Scalp your lawn in two different directions. This will give you a more consistent cut.
Cool season lawns (Fescue lawns) should NOT be scalped in the spring. Fescue lawns should be maintained at a height of 3″ to 4″ year-round.
Give your lawn the boost it needs to look its best this year. Scalp your lawn today!