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How Often Should I Mow? – Weekly or Biweekly Mowing

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What do you think of when considering the ideal lawn? Possibly a golf course? In order to attain the perfect grass to hit a golf ball, golf courses spend thousands to millions of dollars in annual upkeep costs. Nearly every single day, they water and mow each course and ‘green’, resulting in grass that is stable and healthy. You see, the lawn care experts at golf courses recognize a fundamental truth of lawn care: Grass remains at its best when cut consistently.

In the warmer months, grass should ideally be mowed every three or four days. Doing so increases the chances of a green and dense lawn, even in hot temperatures. However, this does not mean you should mow shorter each time — unless you are attempting to create very short grass that must be watered nearly every day, much like golf course grass.

Weekly Mowing Is the Happy Medium

Weed Xtinguishers understands grass and knows that you can have a green, healthy lawn when you mow just once a week. This is why many lawn mowing companies, ours included, strive so hard to return on the same day each week. Many homeowners find that weekly mowing is the most practical and economical method of lawn maintenance for average growing grass.

  • The cut will be more uniform.
  • You’ll have greener-looking grass.
  • You’ll add comfort and value to your property. Plus, if you have applied fertilizer or other nutrients to the yard, the grass will grow faster.

In order to have a better-looking lawn as well as get the most return on your investment, mow your lawn once a week or every 3-4 days.

The Fallacy of Biweekly Mowing

Some people think that biweekly mowing is okay. All too often, we find this mowing schedule resulting in brown grass that is not at its prime. Biweekly mowing has the potential to shock and permanently damage grass (especially St. Augustine) because of the dramatic cut. Some types of grass (like Bermuda) can take a lot of punishment and neglect without dying, but why risk it?
Sure, your grass may not grow rapidly in the Texas summer but what happens when a there is the occasional back-to-back days of rain? In short, your grass goes through a huge growth spurt. If you stay with your biweekly mowing schedule, you’ll end up cutting too much of the grass at once. Even mowing at the highest setting may not be enough to prevent the stress caused by a dramatic cut. (See pictures for example).

The first image shows a biweekly lawn before it was mowed. The second one is immediately after the mow.
Biweekly Mow Two Weeks of Growth
Biweekly Mow After Two Weeks of Growth

Mowing grass that has grown too tall results in cutting away the grass stolons, or stalks, where most of the moisture is retained. This not only rips away all of the green ‘leaf’ of the grass but will likely leave your lawn with a lengthy recovery time. You may think you are saving money by foregoing the cost of a mowing service or the time spent mowing the lawn when implementing a bi-weekly mowing schedule. But in the end, it could cost you double; when grass is stressed over and over, it dies. All your time and money saved becomes consumed by the replacement of dead areas with new sod.

Save time, money, and headaches by staying with a weekly mowing schedule.

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