The Dog Days of Summer Part 1: How to Correctly Cut Your GA Lawn

Did you know that how you cut your GA lawn affects its health? Indeed, if you have dull mower blades or you mow when the grass is wet, you’re opening up your lawn grass to fungal diseases, insects and weeds.

 

How to Correctly Cut Your GA Lawn

 

Believe it or not, there are good and bad mowing techniques. How GA homeowners took care of their lawn 25 – 30 years ago may not be recommended today.

Many turfgrass scientists recommend the following mowing techniques:

  1. A rainy, cold spring: This spring started out cold and wet to the point that you didn’t have much time to mow between rain events. So your lawn, as well as everyone else’s, got a bit hairy. When you did mow, you may have noticed the windrows of long grass in your mower’s wake. Make sure you rake up those large rows of grass to recycle or throw away.

 

  1. For normal conditions: Number one’s advice is only for the unique rainy spring we had last month. Typically, you should turn on your mower’s mulching lever to cut up spent grass into small pieces. Turfgrass experts recommend that you let those tiny grass clippings on the lawn so they can decompose and give your grass a 25% nitrogen boost.

 

  1. Mow in different directions: To avoid ruts in your lawn and to give an appearance of a well-manicured property, mow your lawn in a different direction each time you mow.

 

Read 7 facts about fertilization in this blog post.

 

  1. Raise your mower blade on your fescue lawn: Fescue is a cool season grass and doesn’t like Atlanta’s hot summers. Mowing your fescue lawn 3” to 4” during the summer will help with drought tolerance and promote a deeper root system.

 

  1. Mow your warm season lawn at the proper height: Warm season lawns (Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede) thrive during the heat of summer. Proper lawn maintenance is an integral part of having a beautiful, healthy lawn. Warm season lawns should be mown between .75” to 2” on a weekly basis for best results.

 

  1. Make sure your cutter has sharp blades: A dull-bladed mower cuts your lawn unevenly causing it to look ragged and opening up your yard to disease.

 

  1. Don’t mow a wet lawn: Wait to mow your lawn until late morning when the dew has dried off.

 

  1. Blow all clippings off hard surfaces: To keep your outdoors looking neat and tidy, make sure you blow all grass clippings off of your patio, walkways and driveways.

 

  1. Maintain your edges: Keep the areas that can’t get mowed due to a patio or a fence looking manicured by string trimming those areas. String trimming will also help keep weeds off of your lawn and landscape.

 

How Agropro Can Help You Keep a Green, Dense Lawn All Summer Long

 

At Agropro, we don’t mow lawns. We provide lawn care services. Regular fertilization and weed control services keep your lawn looking thick, green with no weeds.

We also provide other lawn care services, such as

 

 

 

 

  • Insect control including fire ant, flea, mosquito and tick controls.

If your lawn needs regular fertilization, weed control or any other lawn maintenance service, call us today at 678-445-9990 or fill out our contact form.

Agropro Lawn Care ~ Lawn care specialists serving these North Georgia cities: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Woodstock.

Sources:

Georgia Turf, “A Turfgrass Management Calendar for Georgia.”

LoveYourLandscape.org, “11 Tips for More Effective Mowing.”

Waltz, Clint, “After Weeks of Rain, Lawns Can Finally Be Mowed.”