Why Does My Yard Turn Brown After Mowing?May 3, 2018
Have you ever wondered why your grass turns brown after you mow? In the spring and fall, it is not unusual to see a brown or thatchy color after mowing. In the spring, the grass is still coming out of dormancy so the grass blades are not yet fully green. If you have wondered during the summer months what is wrong with your grass, it may not be the grass. It is usually either your height of cut, the frequency of your cut, or a combination of those two factors. It may be difficult to tell in the picture above, but this is a bermudagrass lawn that was cut at almost five inches. Notice that the top leaf blades are nice and green, but under that small layer of green is a lot of brown. So, how can this be avoided?
Mow Your Way to a Greener Lawn
If you already fertilize your lawn, but you notice it’s just not green enough, try the following to get the look you desire:
- Mow your bermudagrass or zoysiagrass at a scalping cut early in the growing season
- Mow at least once a week during the peak growing season (mid-May through mid-September)
- Maintain a low cutting height through the first part of the summer, and then gradually raise your mowing height as the summer progresses. However, never get to the five inch cutting height show above! Bermuda and zoysia grasses tolerate low cutting heights well and will be thicker and greener.
- The general rule of thumb when mowing is to never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade with any cut. This reduces stress on the grass and will enable it to stay greener.
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