Long periods between mowing should
be avoided to maintain good lawn health
Lawn Mowing Regularity
This depends on factors such as the type of lawn, the time of year, and lawn health. When choosing a frequency for our lawns, we aim to match the frequency to the growth rate. Aiming to never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf material in a single mowing, this is the optimum result to seek so that lawns respond best to this important lawn care practice. Another consideration when deciding on lawn mowing frequencies is the ongoing usability and tidiness of the lawns we live with, and enjoy.
Avoiding Lawn Damage
Infrequent lawn mowing often leads to damage being caused to lawns, which can happen for several reasons.
- When too much leaf material has been removed in a single mowing, the lawn can go into shock, and give a damaged or scalped finish to the lawn which could take a long time to recover from.
- Removing all the green leaf, leaving the thatch layer and crowns exposed to direct sunlight or heat, which can dry out and burn easily, oftentimes damaging the lawn in the affected area.
- Damaging or removing the lawn crowns, which raise up higher when lawn is left to grow higher, so that when the lawn is cut back to a low height, the raised crowns are damaged or removed, sometimes killing the lawn in the affected area.
Lawn Weed Control
Any serious weed infestations may also be a factor, when regular mowing will assist in control of some weed types by the ongoing removal of seed heads before they have an opportunity to fall back into the lawn soil.
Some lawns being planted these days may hybrid lawns, a feature of these lawns is their ability to repair themselves and green up quickly if damaged, this is achieved with a faster growth rate. This same feature also means they require more frequent lawn mowing and vertimowing than lawns in the past.
Lawn Prices Relate To Aggressiveness
In fact, the price of new roll on turf relates directly to the growing aggressiveness of the species, the faster a lawn grows, the more times the turf farm can use the same land to grow another batch of turf, equalling cheaper turf.
Most Common Lawn Mowing Frequency
For most modern lawns in good health, a regimen of two weekly cutting in Summer and four weekly cutting in Winter is the correct lawn mowing frequency to maintain a lawn which is green and in good health, with the possibility of lawn thatching being kept at a minimum.
Regular mowing also encourages the tillering effect in lawns, where less runners and more green leaves are produced, resulting in a greener softer lawn, often with less bare patches.