Mow Frequently – Mow High

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What a difference a year makes! This time last year the lawn was barely growing and this year it is threatening to overtake the house. The abundant rainfall has been wonderful for our thirsty lawns, and for those who managed to get fertilizer applied during the little bit of dry weather we had this spring, you can just about stand on the front porch and watch the grass grow!

To keep that lawn growing vigorously, there are some good management practices that must be followed. Never allow the grass to get more than five inches tall before mowing. Cut fescue lawns to a height of three inches now and in July start cutting at a height of three and a half inches. Bagging is not necessary as long as grass is cut on schedule and not allowed to get too tall. Allowing clippings to fall back on the lawn provides good organic material for the lawn.

However, never let tall grass stay on the lawn. This will cause disease problems as well as smothering out the existing grass. When the grass does get too tall, rake grass clippings off the lawn immediately after mowing. Repeat mowing may be needed to even the lawn up.

Do not fertilize in hot weather. If the lawn was not fertilized before March 1, wait until the fall to fertilize.

Make sure mower blades are sharp. Winter is an excellent time to have your mower serviced. Mowing with dull blades gives the lawn a ragged appearance. Never mow when the grass is wet. Wet grass tends to lay over on the ground rather than stand upright and an uneven cut will result.

A vigorously growing, green and healthy lawn is not impossible. Proper mowing and fertilizing techniques take care of most problems and the end result is well worth the effort.

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Photo of Donna Teasley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDonna TeasleyExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (828) 439-4460 Donna_Teasley@ncsu.eduBurke County, North Carolina
Updated on Jul 3, 2018
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