There are three important areas of mowing you should know:
- Mowing Height
- Depending on the type of grass, it is important to adjust the mower to the proper cutting height. Typically, the cutting height for bermuda and tall fescue is 1-2 and 2-3 inches respectively. All mowers have a dial by the wheels for adjustments.
- When mowing, grass blade height should be reduced by no more than 30% (1/3) its current height.
- If grass has been unattended for a prolonged period, then it is recommended to mow the lawn to gradually reduce the height of grass blades.
- Sod Type
- Bermuda may be the most resilient but it requires the most attention; in this case, mowing. Weekly mowing may be mandatory to keep bermuda grass at its ideal short height.
- Tall fescue is also resilient, especially in partially shaded areas, and can be maintained at a slightly taller height. Weekly mowing is optional for tall fescue.
- Bermuda and tall fescue follow warm season growing schedules.
- From Spring to Fall these grasses flourish and need more attention by mowing more frequently.
- In the Winter season, grasses may become subject to slightly stunned growth and minimal yellowing; less frequent mowing is possible.
- Path Pattern
- Mow the perimeter of the lawn area first.
- Then, switch between patterns, not to repeat a pattern twice sequentially.