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Mowing your Texas lawn is one of the most straightforward aspects of caring for it. It also happens to be one of the most important. Whether you plan on tackling the lawn yourself or hiring someone else to do it for you, it pays to understand the basics behind lawn mowing – and to understand a little bit more about your lawn too! Here are our lawn mowing tips to help get you started!

What’s Growing in Your Lawn?

To really understand how to mow your lawn, you first must understand what you’re mowing! The type of grass growing in your lawn dictates how you care for it. In Texas, you’re likely to find these grasses:

  • St. Augustinegrass
  • Zoysiagrass
  • Bermudagrass
  • Buffalograss
  • Centipedegrass
  • Bentgrass

These grasses tolerate heat and drought well – which is why they do best in your Texas lawn! You may have one of these or a mixture, which this tool can help you to identify.

Ideal Mowing Height

Perhaps the most valuable information that comes from knowing what type of grass you’re growing is the mowing height. Each type of grass has a height at which it will do best to resist environmental stressors such as heat, drought, pests, weeds, and disease. The ideal mowing height for your Texas grass is:

  • St. Augustinegrass – 2.5 to 4.0 inches
  • Zoysiagrass – 1.5 to 2.5 inches
  • Bermudagrass – 1.0 to 2.0 inches
  • Buffalograss – 2.0 to 3.0 inches
  • Centipedegrass – 1.5 to 2.0 inches
  • Bentgrass – 0.50 to 1.0 inches

Mowing your grass to its ideal height will make your lawn healthier. Just make sure not to mow too infrequently, since cutting off more than one-third of the grass blade at a time is frowned upon. Let your lawn be your guide and mow it when it needs it. It won’t hurt to raise the mowing height to the top of the range in the summer since it helps to make the grass more tolerant to heat and stress. It’ll keep weeds from germinating as well.

A Few More Mowing Tips

When you mow your grass you may think it’s necessary to pick up the clippings. In actuality, leaving the clippings on the lawn is good for it. When you’re mowing as frequently as you should, the clippings return valuable nutrients to the soil and decompose very quickly. It won’t add to thatch and it won’t kill the grass underneath, either.

You should also try to change up the direction and pattern in which you mow. This helps to ensure a more even cut to the lawn and keeps the wheels from compacting the soil. Plus, it helps to give you a little variety each time you mow.

It’s a good idea to have two sets of mowing blades for your mower. That way you can keep one sharpened and ready to go at all times. It’s crucial to the health of your lawn to keep your mower blades sharp because it will cut the grass cleanly. Dull blades tear the grass, causing water loss and discoloration, ultimately leading to a lawn that’s more susceptible to environmental stressors.

Keeping up with the demands of your Texas lawn can be a challenge, but It’s one that Lawn Love is here to help you with!

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