Proper Mowing Practices
Some might think mowing has little or nothing to do with how your yard looks. This is an important leg of the Kitchen Table method. Every time you mow you should only be cutting ¼ of the total length of the grass blade. This is usually once a week but during spring growth could be every 5 days.
Correct Height To Cut Grass
Cutting high shades the base of the grass and helps with moisture retention in the ground. Higher cut grass will look thicker and leave less room for weeds to grow. It’s better to practice to cut too high then to cut too short. The numbers on your mower deck do not reflect the actual grass cutting height. Measure the blade of grass after mowing to see the actual height of the grass. Normally on residential mowers, this is the highest setting. Fescue lawns should be cut no lower than 3 inches but 3.5- 4 inches is ideal. Higher the better!
Sharpen Your Mower Blades
When was the last time you sharpened your mower blades? Most residential mower blades don’t need to be sharpened yearly but you always want to check them. Look at the tip of your grass blades after mowing. Do they look torn, purple or white? These could be signs of dull blades. Tears on grass tips can also attract disease problems.