#MowLikeAPro: Mr. Yardley’s Mowing Guide

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grass height mowing guide

on May 25, 2016 by TruGreen

Howdy, lawn lovers! My name is Mr. Yardley. You might remember me and my family from our TruGreen commercial debut (good times), but I’m hoping you’ll really get to know me through my new role: TruGreen Spokesperson.
I’ll be around to help with lawn care needs, kicking off with all the mowing knowledge I’ve gained over the years.
As a proud lawn parent, the last thing I want is a lawn full of grass looking shaggy and unkempt, especially with summer approaching. Gotta keep our status as best on the block! A beautifully manicured lawn is a sight to behold, and proper mowing technique is key to keeping your grass healthy and green.
Mowing has therapeutic benefits for you and, when done weekly, greatly reduces the chances of nasty unwanted weeds and diseases plaguing your landscape. (Not today, weeds, not today.)
You’ve got blades, I’ve got advice. Before you give your lawn a snip, get familiar with these tips so you can #MowLikeAPro:

Stay sharp.

Believe it or not, uneven cuts from dull mower blades can leave your lawn prone to disease. As LawnStarter's lawn mowing guide points out, dull blades will tear the grass blades, instead of cutting them clean. Check the health of your mower at the start of every grass-cutting season.

Take a rain check.

Mow when grass is dry so blades won’t clump together when you cut them. Dry grass also sticks straight up so you’ll have a smoother surface.

Keep grass guessing. 

Switch up your pattern each time you mow. This will prevent blades from leaning in one particular direction.

Forward march. 

Whether you push or ride, always mow forward. If you have hills, always mow across them instead of straight up and down.

Give back to the grass community. 

Feed your yard nutrients like nitrogen by leaving grass shavings on your lawn after you cut them.

Don’t mow so low next to trees.

Grass near tree roots has to work harder for water, and you don’t want to risk bumping your mower against the tree and damaging the precious bark. Trees are our friends, don’t hurt ‘em.

New grass can wait its turn.

Wait three to four weeks before mowing a newly re-seeded lawn. Soil compacting is a real bummer, and all that ground pressure can stunt your grass’ growth.

How Low Should You Go?

Remember, mowing your lawn is like pruning a tree – it just so happens you’re pruning thousands of little trees at once. If you snip off too much, grass plants won’t be able to sustain growth or roots. If you let them grow too tall, grass plants will get unwieldy and harbor nasty pests.
There’s a sweet spot for your lawn depending on the type of grass you have. Below, find a helpful guide to grass height you can print off and keep nearby. I keep mine handy in my cargo shorts. Gotta love all those pockets!
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