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How Often to Mow Lawn (Updated 2021)

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how often to mow my grass or how often to mow lawn…

Mowing the lawn is a great way to keep your yard looking crisp and clean. But most homeowners don’t know how often to mow the lawn…

In this article, I’ll help you know how frequently to cut your grass to achieve beautiful lawns…

Mowing a lawn can be a challenging task for many people. Even experienced professionals have trouble getting it right, and it’s not always obvious if you’re making the right decision in regard to how often to mow a lawn.

So, How often should you mow a lawn?

The frequency of mowing will highly depend on the type of grass you have on your lawn and season of the year.

However, the rule of thumb is the “one-third rule”. Never cut more than one-third of the grass height at one time. This ensures the grass you’re mowing doesn’t get stressed and it helps prevent disease and drying.

That means you will need to mow your lawn at least once a week.

NB: It is not necessary to mow the lawn frequently, especially if you are trying to get that “lawn look”. If you don’t like the “lawn look” then you will need to mow the lawn frequently to keep the grass looking short.

Other Mowing FAQs

How Often to Mow Lawn
How often to mow lawn in spring?

During the months of spring, mow at least once a week. Just remember not to cut more than one-third of the grass blades.
NB: The grass type will also influence the frequency of mowing.

How often to mow lawn in summer?

You need to mow more often during the hot months to remove thatch and provide a thick, healthy lawn. Mow every four days during the summer months and you’re good to go.
NB: Watering lawns more often can help reduce the need for frequent mowing.

What time of day is best to mow lawns?

The best time of day to mow is in the mid-morning. This time, any dew or irrigation has dried off the grass.
By the afternoon, the grass is dry and the heat makes it harder to cut grass evenly.

Should I leave grass clippings on the lawn?

Grass clippings don’t hurt the lawn, and leaving them on the lawn will provide some nitrogen to the lawn.
If you don’t want to leave the clippings there, get yourself a bagging mower.

Does frequent mowing thicken grass?

Mowing your lawn frequently is better for the grass, and will also make it look better. It is especially important to mow frequently in the summer months, as that is when the grass grows the fastest. So frequent mowing will help thicken grass.

Is it bad to mow the lawn when it’s hot?

Mowing when it is too hot slows down the grass and lets the weeds get an early start. It is better to mow during mid-morning.
Also, if you mow when it is too wet, the mower blade can get clogged with grass and other matter. To save yourself from this stress, get yourself a mower for wet grass.

Should I water lawn after mowing?

Watering your lawn after mowing is a good thing to do. It helps add moisture to the lawn.
If mowing wet grass, then you won’t need to water the lawn after mowing.
Mowing the lawn too often can be detrimental to the health of the grass. It can cause you to tear up the grass with your mower, leaving the grass to grow uneven.