Mowing the Lawn
Improper mowing can severely damage or even kill a lawn. When
mowing, never remove more than a third of the height of the grass
plant. Removing more than a third will severely impair the grass
plant’s ability to produce food through photosynthesis. For example, if
your lawn is three inches high when you start mowing, do not take off
more than one inch.
Optimal grass height varies by season and lawn type. In general,
lawns should be kept shorter in the spring to encourage growth and
longer during hot summer months to allow greater water retention. Ask
your lawn treatment company about the ideal seasonal lawn height for
your particular lawn type.
All lawn mowers are either reel mowers or rotary mowers.
Professionals favor the reel mower for Bermuda and Zoysia because it
acts like a pair of scissors and cuts each blade of grass cleanly, with
minimal damage. The rotary mower spins around at high speeds and
machetes the grass off. Rotary mowers, in general, create more damage
to each blade of grass; rotary mowers with dull blades are even worse.
Unfortunately, due to cost and maintenance considerations, rotary
mowers are common.