Is there a proper way to mow to keep my grass healthy in different seasons?

Mowing your lawn changes as the season progresses from early spring to late fall. These tips will help keep your grass healthy and looking good all through the growing season.

Spring

Soon as your grass needs cutting, mow it. Allowing grass to get tall before mowing means you cut more than you leave and that stresses the plants and encourages diseases. Most grasses should be cut at about 2 inches, so mow when your lawn reaches 3 to 4 inches.

Summer

Mow at a higher setting. Keep your grass at least 2 1/2 inches, because it not only promotes stronger roots, but taller grass keeps soil temperatures cooler.

Mow in the cool of the morning or evening. Mowing during midday's high temperatures causes additional stress on the turf.

Keep mower blades sharp. Dull blades tear and bruise the leaf tips. That strains your lawn and makes it less resilient in times of dryer weather.

Fall

Mow until the grass stops growing. This reduces the amount of springtime thatch.

Lower the cutting height for the season's final mowing. Cutting it short - to about 2 inches - not only will allow for better air circulation, but it will keep the grass from bending and laying over on itself under snow or heavy moisture. Too-long grass mats create favorable conditions for diseases to develop in spring.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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