Every Dallas commercial building owner or manager wants his building to have lush, green grass, the kind that impresses tenants and customers alike. One of the secrets to achieving a beautiful carpet of green is regular mowing. Why?
- It helps a lawn thrive by removing debris that can interfere with blade growth.
- It keeps all of the blades at the same height so that the resources that the grass uses – sun, water and fertilizer – are evenly dispersed throughout the grass
- It removes pests that live in tall grass.
Firing up the power mower on a regular basis is not, however, all it takes to achieve the well-manicured grass every building owner or manager wants. Done incorrectly, mowing can leave a lawn looking bedraggled or over-mowed.
So here are four mowing tips to achieve the commercial lawn that others will envy.
- Do not cut the grass too short. Doing so is called “scalping” the grass, and it leaves soil exposed. This unprotected soil is easily taken over by weeds. Grass that is too short can also develop a weak root system, leaving the grass vulnerable during a drought.
- Adjust the mower height throughout the year. In the summer, increase the cutting deck height so that the grass grows taller. This helps the grass develop deeper roots, which can help it withstand drought. Tall grass also shades the soil, which slows water evaporation and helps keep weeds at bay. During the late fall, lower the cutting deck height to prevent snow mold.
- Sharpen the mower blade regularly. A dull blade tears blades open, creating entry points for pests. A sharp mower blade cuts grass blades cleanly and evenly.
- Mow later in the day or when shade covers the lawn. If you mow when the sun is high, the individual grass blades lose water more quickly and take longer to recapture this moisture. This can lead to stress and brown spots.
When you are ready for professional commercial lawn maintenance, please contact us. We have the experience and expertise necessary to make your building’s grass the pride of the business park.