Bermuda Lawn Mowing Tips

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This article will give you tips for mowing and cutting your Bermuda Grass lawn
by Terry O'Leary · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F to Zone 11 · Above 40° F · Lawn Care · 0 Comments · August 17, 2010 · 8,452 views

Mowing A Bermuda Lawn

Tips for Mowing a Bermuda Lawn

  • Cut your bermuda lawn using a rotary or reel mower with a sharp blade. Dull blades whip and shred the grass ends rather than cutting the grass cleanly, causing your lawn to look yellowish the next day. Ragged grass blades also lead to more water use by the grass and possibly an increase in disease. So, it's a good idea to use the two-blade system. Keep one extra sharp blade around for a replacement. Replace blade every 8 cuttings.
  • When mowing, do not cut bermuda grass too low. It's best to mow more often to insure you're not cutting too much foliage off at one time. Never cut more than one third the height of the grass when mowing. Generally, wait until your bermudagrass lawn is 3 inches in height, and then remove 1 inch to maintain a 2 inch height. You can also maintain it lower at 1.5 inches in height, waiting to mow when the grass reaches about 2.25 inches in height. Use a ruler to measure the height of the grass. When it reaches the desired mowing height, mow a test strip. Then measure the height of the grass in the test strip. If necessary, adjust the mower deck to cut the grass blades at desired height.
  • As long as you cut your bermuda lawn on a regular basis you can leave the clippings, since they are a natural way to feed your grass. Clippings also reduce the amount of water the grass needs to stay green and healthy looking. Research has shown that letting the clippings fall on the ground does not lead to disease or thatch problems.
  • Mow when grass is dry. Mowing grass when wet is a sure fire recipe for those dreaded clumps that can lead to fungus and disease!
  • Avoid ruts and help your grass to stand straighter by mowing at a different angle across the lawn each mowing.
  • In fall, let the grass go dormant without excessive mowing. It will have a nice light brown color during the winter. In late March, mow off the top brown blades to expose the soil to the sun and warm the soil. Scalping the grass very low is not necessary. Burning the dead grass is also not recommended. It is illegal in most areas and it is dangerous in all places.
  • It puts less stress on the lawn to mow in the evening than to mow when the sun is pounding down in the afternoon.
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