Whether it is you or your mowing service, mowing frequency can contribute to the health of your lawn. There are a handful of variables to consider.
Type of Grass-Cut Height-Watering Schedule-Weed Control Program-Lawn Expose North, South, East, West-Time of Year.
We operate our business out of Yukon, OK and 90% of the time we are working with Bermuda turf but we do run into Tall Fescue & even Zoysia on occasion. In this blog we will focus on Bermuda turf mowing.
We completely understand that there are a million ways to break this down. One neighbor or company recommends 18 mows the next 34 or more. In some cases 18 mows in a season does the trick. These principles will help you take the right step to making a plan to achieve a healthy lawn throughout the year and retains its color through the summer months. Simply put, the frequency of mowing can make or break your lawn. If you aren’t watering, fertilizing & regularly treating weeds this won’t be totally accurate but still can be followed. With that said, here it is… What you have been waiting for…..
28-32 mows is ideal to produce a healthy lawn. Increasing the frequency won’t harm your lawn during the heaviest of growth and in many cases it can help. While thinking about frequency please keep in mind that it takes 24 hrs for 1/8” of grass clipping to biodegrade. If you reduce your mowing frequency to 24 it probably won’t harm your lawn but as you reduce the number of mows you will find yourself battling the mower and your grass and the lawn simply won’t reach its potential. Once you get below 22 mows per season, whether or not you are regularly watering, weeding/ feeding you will inevitably be battling some problem while mowing for some duration of time. Examples of this may include, burned out areas, scalping, thick layers from clippings, thinning turf coverage etc. No matter which way you slice it, you will face one or all of these.
Here is how we break it down.
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This is an ideal mowing calendar. Plans change according to conditions and circumstances. If we are simply putting together a seasonal plan that is best for a property it is more than likely going to look a lot like this at the beginning of the season.
As you reduce the number of mows, time & cost of lawn maintenance doesn’t always go down. That is a conversation for another time but I hope this helps in planning out your seasonal schedule and budget. I hope it also helps you plan in order to meet your expectations.