Think Turf's Lawn Mowing Tip's
Correct Lawn Mowing is key to a Premium Lawn
Good lawn mowing, together with good watering practice, can be two of the most critical factors in the appearance of a lawn. Good mowing techniques not only enhance the appearance of the lawn but also increase the turf grass vigor and health.
Turfgrass stressed by mowing too low is more prone to disease, weed invasion, drought and traffic stress. Removal of most of the leaf blade limits food production, often resulting in a limited root system and poor growth. A vigorous, dense turf grass area is one of the best defences against weed invasion. Weak grass plants with a limited root system are more prone to drought damage. It is particularly important to mow high during dry weather.
The second critical factor is mowing the lawn on a regular basis. The grass should be mowed so that no more than a third of the leaf blade is removed. So, if the desired height is 50mm, mow the grass when it has grown to 65mm. Mowing frequency will change throughout the year according to seasonal weather patterns.
When a lawn is allowed to grow too high and then is mown at too low a level, excess leaf blade tissue is removed. Such 'scalping' of the lawn can cause severe visual damage. More importantly, scalping shocks the grass plants and , as a consequence, growth slows or stops, limiting the vigour of the turf. A scalped lawn may dry out quickly from drought or may develop unusual weed and disease problems.
A dull mower blade shreds the tips of the grass blades. The shredding opens the ends of the leaf blades for increased moisture loss and potentially provides a site for disease invasion. Lawns cut with a dull mower balde may have an overall white appearance from the shredded grass blades.
Improved Mowing Practices
Mowing during the hottest part of the day may cause the lawn to brown. It is best to mow during the cooler part of the day and always remove the grass clippings or they can cause 'burning' of the grass.
It is essential that you keep the new lawn moist at all times with frequent watering.
New Turf - This must be well watered after laying and must not be allowed to dry out for the first 7-10 days, or until the turf has matted to the soil.
Sown lawn – Light and frequent watering throughout the day is necessary to germinate the seed and establish its growth. The first 21 days are vitally important as the germinating seedlings cannot be allowed to dry out or they will die. Do not overwater or allow it to pool or run off.
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