When it comes to proper lawn care in Tennessee, are you ready to volunteer? At Lawn Love, we understand just want a Tennessee lawn needs to thrive – a little TLC! That’s why we offer this variety of services:
- Lawn Mowing
- Lawn Fertilization
- Lawn Aeration
- Weed Control
- Lawn Seeding
- Yard Clean Up
- Leaf Removal
- Gutter Cleaning
- Snow Removal
You can find us all across the state too, in:
- Chattanooga, TN
- Knoxville, TN
- Memphis, TN
- Nashville, TN
Mowing your lawn is so common, people often lose sight of just how important it is to the health of the lawn. If you want grass that can take the cold winters as well as the sweltering summers, then you need to know how to mow it properly. Here what’s we think you need to know about mowing to keep your lawn lush and strong.
The Types of Grass You Have
The first step to lawn mowing isn’t to start up the mower, it’s to identify the type of grass in your lawn! In Tennessee, the most common types of grasses are:
- Fine Fescue
- Kentucky Bluegrass
The last three on that list are all warm-season grasses that will do better in southern Tennessee where it’s a little bit warmer. For help identifying the grass you’ve got growing, this turf identification tool can help.
Ideal Mowing Height
The reason you need to identify the type of grass is your lawn is so you can understand what height it should be mowed to in order to encourage a healthy, thriving lawn. The ideal mowing heights for different types of grasses are:
- Fine Fescue – 3.0 to 3.5 inches
- Ryegrass – 2.0 to 2.5 inches
- Kentucky Bluegrass – 2.5 to 3.0 inches
- Zoysiagrass – 1.0 to 2.0 inches
- Centipedegrass – 1.5 to 2.0 inches
- Bermudagrass – 1.0 to 2.0 inches
Mowing is a stressful event for your lawn. That’s why it’s important to cut it to the right height each time, never cutting off more than one-third of the grass blade at once. Doing this will help to keep your grass healthy, encourage a strong root system, and make your lawn more resistant to environmental stressors such as drought, pests, disease, and weeds.
Cut your lawn according to its rate of growth. At certain points in the season, this may mean you need to mow multiple times in a week, while at other points in the season every week or 10 days may suffice. Let your lawn be your guide.
What About Clippings?
Should you or shouldn’t you leave the grass clippings on the lawn after you mow? The consensus among the professionals is to leave them! If you’re mowing your Tennessee lawn as often as you should be, then the lawn clippings will boost your lawn’s health instead of hindering it. They will decompose quickly and return important nutrients back to the soil. Leaving the clippings means less work for you and less money spent on fertilizer – a winning situation!
A Few More Mowing Tips
When mowing your lawn, it’s best if you change direction and pattern each time you mow. If you do the same direction and route each time, the grass may start to lean, and the tires of your mower may compact the soil, restricting growth and impacting the health of your grass.
You should also ensure your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades will tear the grass, causing discoloration and water loss. Dull blades also put more stress on the lawn, making it more susceptible to environmental stressors such as drought, disease, pests, and weeds. It will work best if you have two sets of mower blades. That way, one can always be sharp and ready to be used!
Never mow wet grass or mow during the hottest part of the day. Wet grass will clump, clogging up your mower deck and smothering the grass on your lawn. Plus, wet grass doesn’t allow for a clean cut, so it makes mowing even more traumatic for the lawn. During the hottest part of the day, mowing will take its toll on you as well as your lawn. You don’t have to do that to yourself! Mow in the morning or in the evening and spare yourself!
Mowing your lawn is one of the most important things you do to maintain its health and encourage its growth, so do it well! If you need help, don’t forget that the pros at Lawn Love are always here to give you a hand!