Lawn mowing can be considered the most basic of all landscape services. Turf grasses are one of the few plants that we walk, run, play football and even drive on, all in all, still wanting it to be weed and insect free and a show a vigorous green carpet of color. Lawn mowing is the first of many steps to maintaining a successful lawn. Customers often have questions about lawn mowing services, and generally how grass grows.
Weekly Service Include:
Blowing driveway, walks, patio, decks
In most growing seasons, with proper maintenance, water and fertilizing, lawns are mowed every 5-7 days starting in April. This rate is typically dropped back to every 7-10 days in the summer months and then picks back up again in the fall to 5-7 days. Most residential properties average 25 mowing's between April and November.
Each time turf grasses are mowed, some injury to the plant occurs. This bruising and tearing of the leaf tissue causes shock to the plant. The best mowing practices are those that minimize the shock to the plant.
Reducing and Minimizing Shock:
Lawns should be mowed so that no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade is removed at any one mowing. As a result, healthy and vigorous lawns should receive more frequent mowing's to reduce and minimize shock. Bluegrass, Ryegrass, and Fescue are the most common varieties of cool season grasses found in New England. These cools season grasses thrive at mowing heights between 2 1/2"-3 1/2" inches. Mowing grass that is wilted or otherwise in a weakened or stressed condition is not recommended and the lawn should be brought up to a healthy condition before frequent mowing operations commence. Sharp, clean and balanced lawn mowing equipment is also important to reducing shock and the spread of disease and insect. Mowers blades are cleaned sharpened and balanced weekly during the growing season.
When proper mowing techniques are practices, and under healthy and established lawn conditions. lawn clippings SHOULD NOT be bagged or removed from the turf area. Lawn clippings will disintegrate quickly, returning to the organic materials and nitrogen to the soil, which is the equivalent of adding one fertilizer application per season. In an age of environmental awareness this is a small but significant technique that is part of our organic fertilizer program.
Weekly mowing can cause ruts to form in the lawn, as a result, when possible, a criss cross pattern in alternating weeks is recommended. This can alleviate soil compaction in one area as well as a more pleasing finished, "athletic field" look.
If there is a specific day you would like to have this service we can be sure to accommodate. Weather condition may move the scheduled day either before or after.