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In California, creating and maintaining a lawn can be challenging. How you care for your lawn really depends on where you live since there's a big difference in climate between northern California and the southern part of the state. That's why at Lawn Love we've taken it upon ourselves to be experts in lawn care all across California, which is why you can find our services in:

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Whether you choose professionals to take care of it for you or you become a DIY warrior, it pays to know a few things about lawn care and maintenance for your California lawn. Here are some general mowing tips to help you get started!

What's Growing in your Lawn?

Before you can understand how to care for your California lawn, you first must know what's growing there. The type of turf you have will determine how you care for it. In California, the most common types of grasses are:

  • Fescues
  • Ryegrass
  • Bentgrass
  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • St. Augustinegrass
  • Bermudagrass
  • Buffalograss
  • Zoysiagrass

Grasses come in two varieties: warm-season and cool-season. Warm-season grasses thrive in warmer temperatures, from about 80 degrees on up. Cool-season grasses thrive between 60 and 75 degrees. The climate around your corner of California will probably give you a hint as to what type of grass you have, but to help you identify it, you can use this tool.

Mowing Height

Each type of grass has a height at which it performs best, making it more resistant to drought, disease, pests, and weeds. Once you identify the type of grass you have, then you can identify what height it will do best at, which in turn lets you know how frequently you need to mow.

The mowing height for common California grasses is:

  • Fescues — 2.0 to 3.0 inches
  • Ryegrass — 1.5 to 2.5 inches
  • Bentgrass — 0.5 to 1.0 inches
  • Kentucky Bluegrass — 1.5 to 2.5 inches
  • St. Augustinegrass — 1.0 to 2.0 inches
  • Bermudagrass — 1.0 to 1.5 inches
  • Buffalograss — 1.0 to 2.0 inches
  • Zoysiagrass — 1.0 to 2.5 inches

You never want to mow more than one-third of the height of your grass at a time. If you mow more, then you could remove part of the leaf that the grass needs to produce food and cause trauma to your lawn. Mowing it only a little at a time may mean you have to mow more frequently, but it'll also keep your lawn healthy and looking great.

Your Mower

Your mower is the primary tool you use to maintain your lawn's ideal height, so there are a few things to understand about your mower that will help you achieve your lawn care goals. First and foremost, your lawn mower blades must be sharp. Dull blades tear grass, causing water loss and white or brown tips. Keep the blades sharp for a clean cut that keeps your lawn healthy.

You should also make sure the lawn mowing deck is level. If you attempt to mow with an unbalanced mower deck, then you're putting your lawn at risk for cutting too much off at once. This can result in an unattractive lawn that is more susceptible to disease and infestation of weeds and pests.

When you mow, you should also switch up your pattern each time. Mowing in the same direction every time will cause the grass to fall over, resulting in an uneven cut. Also, leave the clipping on your lawn. They'll return essential nutrients back to your lawn which will ultimately mean you need to spend less money and time on fertilizing!

There are special challenges to maintaining a California lawn. Let the pros at Lawn Love help you to have a healthy, happy, and beautiful lawn all year long!

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