Perhaps the most important cultural practice associated with turf maintenance is mowing. To develop a good mowing program, we need to understand how turfgrass responds to cutting. The first priority of newly-cut grass is to replace its former leaf surface area. This flush of leaf growth requires carbohydrates and temporarily reduces the supply of food available to the root system. Remember turfgrass is designed by nature to grow and mature at a height far in excess of the
selected mowing height.

A general rule for mowing height: Do not remove more than one third of the leaf blade at any one mowing.

Mower tips: Be sure to check the engine for proper gasoline and oil, clean the air filter every time before mowing. This will preserve your mower’s life.

Blade considerations: Grass looks better when cut with a sharp blade. A clean cut heals more quickly. A helpful tip about the most common blade problem: Apply a non-stick coating to the blade to limit the amount of “junk” that builds up.

Javier Vargas, former Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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