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Summer Means it’s Mowing Time

One of the most importance practices in keeping your lawn healthy is correct mowing. Like most plants, if you cut off the growing points of grass, it tends to branch out, becoming more dense.  This results in a tightly woven lawn.  If you didn’t mow at all, your garden would look more like the veld than a lawn.

But simply mowing isn’t what makes a lawn look good.  The health of your lawn comes down to mowing height and frequency.  It’s important to remember that cutting a lawn is stressful for the grass. The leaves make the food for the roots – and it’s their very food supply that you keep trimming!

Follow the one-third rule. For a healthy, thriving lawn, never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing.  And remember – grass cuttingss are valuable organic matter.  They full of nitrogen and other nutrients.  If the cuttings aren’t too long, it’s a great idea to simply leave the clippings on the lawn. The pieces break down quickly and reduce the amount of fertilizer you have to use by as much as 25 percent.

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