Cutting your grass when it’s overgrown

Overgrown (Tall) Grass

• Cut when it’s cool out such as in the early morning.

• Don’t cut it all the way at once.

• During the first cut raise the mower deck to the highest level and bag this cutting.

• Overlap each pass cutting only 50% to 75% of the deck width.

• Cut in 1 direction for example north to south.

• Drop mower deck to desired level and cut in the opposite direction for example east to west.

DISCLAIMER

Everything mentioned above are to be taken and used as recommendations and suggestions only of what to do and how to do lawn/yard maintenance.

What height to cut your grass for the time of season

In order to keep your lawn and grass healthy throughout the year, it is important to make sure you set your mower to the appropriate length. Here are our tips to help you make sure you are cutting your grass at the right length each season:

• 2.5 inches First cut in the spring to remove old grass and debris. (Bag up this first cutting)

 • 3.0 inches For the rest of the spring until temperatures hit 70 degrees.

• 3.5 inches For the summer to help protect and shade the root zone and to help keep water in the soil longer.

• 3.0 inches In the fall so the roots can dry up a little before the winter. When temperatures drop to the 60’s and lower.

• 2.5 inches After the first real frost. Grass will really start to slow down growth at this point. (Last cuttings of the season)

DISCLAIMER Everything mentioned above are to be taken and used as recommendations and suggestions only of what to do and how to do lawn /yard maintenance.

Mowing your lawn! When and how to mow for the season

Cutting your grass – Start cutting your grass when it starts growing. Try to keep the grass no shorter than 2.5 inches even on the first mow of the season. The sweet spot is between 2.5 and 3.5 inches for most of the year with Kentucky bluegrass which is the most common in our area. When your grass is taller it retains water in hot spells and competes better against weeds. High and Tight is for haircuts in the military, NOT your lawn.

• When you de-thatch with a blade it will cut the grass short so it important get this done EARLY before warm weather comes in so the grass has a chance to recuperate and grow out safely.
• During the normal growing season Recycle your clippings by using a mulching blade and not bagging them. They will help with water retention and are full of nutrients for the soil (organics).
• Try not to cut more than 1/3 of the total grass height per cutting.
• Healthy grass will need to be cut about every 4-6 days during most of the growing season believe I or not. We usually cut ours on Tuesdays and Fridays.
• If the grass is very tall its best to cut twice so as to not drop too much into the thatch layer and also so the grass has a chance to “spring” back up.

DISCLAIMER
Everything mentioned are to be taken and used as recommendations and suggestions only of what to do and how to do lawn /yard maintenance.