If you’re a homeowner in Maryland, over the next few weeks, your lawn will wake up and begin to grow….rapidly. Regular mowing, sometimes referred to as cultural practices, will benefit your lawn in many ways.
Keeping your cool season grasses (Improved Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue and Bluegrass) cut at a height 2 ½ – 3” with a sharp mower blade will help the root system spread, shade the soil, help prevent weed growth and allow the turf to retain more moisture. Additionally, frequent mowing allows you to return “grass-cycle” clippings back into your lawn, returning essential nutrients and moisture to the soil. If your grass gets too tall, you may need to collect the clippings, minimizing excessive clumps, which impede growth and promote disease.
Warm season grasses such as Zoysia or Bermuda grass require slightly different mowing schedules and lag behind cool season turf in the spring by 3-5 weeks and can be cut shorter at 1 ½” to 2 ½”.
Once again, our diverse Washington, DC micro climates come into play. If you live inside the beltway near Silver Spring, Maryland in neighborhoods around Forest Glen, Chevy Chase or Carderock Springs in Bethesda you may be as much as 3 weeks ahead of communities near Urbana, or Clarksville or Glenwood.
Questions about your springtime mowing? Contact us today.