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MOWING GUIDE

Proper mowing make a big difference
Many people underestimate the importance of mowing. A lawn that is mowed with sharp blades, at the right height, and at the right times, will actually resist weeds and fungus, and keep its color longer. Proper mowing will help keep the lawn looking better in hot conditions. The key is sharpening and adjusting your blades as the season progresses, so you can achieve your goal of a healthy green lawn. The quote ?God is in the details? couldn?t be more correct.

Directions:

With a sharp blade cut your lawn 3?31/2 inches most of the time. In hotter, dryer times (June, July, August), 3 1/2? or higher may be needed to prolong health and color. In the early spring and late fall 2 1/2 - 3? is fine. Always cut with a sharp blade and don?t cut more than 1/3 off at a time. That means most people will have to sharpen at least 4 times a season and may have to cut more than 2 times a week during wetter times. The first and last cut of the season should be cut low, and bag the clippings.

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Why ?

Just like a camel stores water in its hump, leaving your grass longer in hot, stressful weather enables it to store water and nutrients. Cutting your lawn longer actually slows the growth. It also shades the crown. Cutting off more than 1/3 of the blade will shock the crown. With no top growth and photosynthesis to balance the roots, fungus and die back will follow. Grass with ragged edges looks dingy, takes up more surface area, loses water quicker, and heals slower than a nice sharp cut. A doctor uses a sharp scalpel so you heal quickly and don't get disease, it's the same for your lawn.

Never cut mor than 1/3 of the blade at once

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