As the temperatures start to climb in Texas and the grass begins to grow more quickly, it's important to stay on top of your lawn mowing routine to keep your yard looking its best. Proper mowing practices can not only improve the appearance of your lawn but also promote healthy growth and resilience against the hot sun. Here are some mowing best practices to keep in mind for lawns in Texas:



1. Set the Right Mowing Height: Different grass types thrive at different mowing heights, so it's important to know the recommended height for your specific grass species. In Texas, popular grass types like Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass generally do well when mowed at a height of 1.5 to 2 inches.  St. Augustine does best when it’s mowed at 2.5 to 3 inches.


2. Sharpen Your Mower Blade: A dull mower blade can tear and damage grass blades, leading to a brownish appearance and increased susceptibility to disease. Make sure to sharpen your mower blade at least once a season to ensure a clean cut and healthy grass.


3. Follow the "One-Third Rule": As mentioned earlier, it's important to follow the one-third rule when mowing your lawn. This means that you should never remove more than one-third of the grass blade length in a single mowing session. Cutting too much off at once can shock the grass and lead to stunted growth.


4. Mow When the Grass is Dry: Mowing wet grass can result in an uneven cut and clumping of grass clippings, which can smother the lawn and create an environment for disease to thrive. If you can, wait until the grass is dry before mowing to ensure a clean and even cut.


5. Alternate Mowing Directions: To promote upright growth and prevent soil compaction, try to alternate the direction in which you mow your lawn each time. This will help prevent the grass from leaning in one direction and allow for more even growth.


6. Leave Grass Clippings on the Lawn: Grass clippings contain valuable nutrients that can benefit your lawn as they break down. Consider leaving the clippings on the lawn after mowing to provide natural fertilization and moisture retention. Just make sure the clippings are fine enough to avoid clumping or smothering the grass.


By following these mowing best practices, you can help maintain a healthy, vibrant lawn in Texas that will be the envy of your neighborhood. If you need any assistance with lawn care or professional mowing services, feel free to reach out to Evergreen Lawn and Landscape at (940) 321-3081. Happy mowing!