Lawn care services: Lawn mowing in Brentwood, Nashville
One of the biggest problems homeowners have when it comes to mowing, is cutting the grass too low, or scalping. Each type of turfgrass has it’s very own height of cut that is ideal for it to grow and be healthy. Tall fescue should be cut at 3 to 4 inches. Most people cut it too low. Get out a measure and set your blade at 3 inches (minimum) while the mower is setting on a hard flat surface. Never cut off more than one third of the grass at one mowing. All too often, homeowners tend to let the grass get too high and then cut it back to the level it had been cut before, resulting in a sudden change which stunts and shocks the grass. Sometimes you’ll notice the grass turning yellow after a cut like this.
During the spring and fall, tall fescue grows at its best. During this time you may have to cut every 5 days or so to keep up. If you do, the grass will look better all the time. It will be healthier and thicker. Frequent grass cutting encourages tillering (spreading out) of fescue. Fescue does not spread laterally on the ground like bermuda grass, but rather it gets wider by each grass blade branching (tillering) to cover a wider area.
Bermuda grass can be cut much lower than fescue. It has a preferred cut height of about 1 to 2 inches. to a large degree, the proper cut height depends on how smooth the lawn is. If there are humps and dips in your lawn, you won’t be able to cut the grass quite so low. Bermuda grass is used extensively on golf courses and is routinely cut as low as 1/2 inch. You must have a perfectly smooth lawn to be able to cut this low without chucking some dirt.
Some feel they are doing their part for the environment by recycling when mowing, or ‘Grasscycling’ — leaving the grass clippings on the lawn, which saves time, landfill space, and nurtures the soil, according to the Professional Landcare Network. "Yard waste bans are in place in many areas of the country," says Michael Gaffney, PLCAA’s technical resource specialist. "Grasscycling is an alternative to dumping and bagging, and enriches the soil for a healthier lawn." Grass clippings are 85% water and return 20% of their nitrogen to the soil to feed the lawn’s root system. They decompose rapidly and return nutrients to the soil with no thatch buildup. Grasscycling can be practiced year-round with most mowers.
When you mow, follow the one-third rule: mow often enough to cut only one-third of the grass plant in any one mowing. Cut the grass when dry and keep the lawn mower blade sharpened.