Centipede Lawn Mowing Tips

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This article will give you tips how to mow your Centipede lawn.
by Terry O'Leary · Zone 7A · 0° to 5° F to Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F · Lawn Care · 0 Comments · August 17, 2010 · 5,012 views

Tips for Mowing a Centipede Lawn

  • Mow your centipedegrass lawn using a rotary mower with a sharp blade. It's a good idea to use the two-blade system. Keep one extra sharp blade around for a replacement every 8 to 12 cuttings. 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.
  • Don't scalp the lawn too low. Remember each time you cut the grass you're stressing it out. So, never remove more than one-third the height of the grass during a single mowing. Maintain your centipede lawn at around 2 inches height. Wait until it reaches 3 inches and then remove 1 inch. Use a ruler to measure the height of the grass. When it reaches 3 inches, 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 2 inches in height.
  • As long as you mow on a regular basis, 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 long grass that's wet is a sure fire recipe for those dreaded clumps. And clumps can promote the onset of damaging fungus.
  • 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 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.

Other Tips

  • Any time during the growing season, an application of iron granules will promote deep greening of your centipede lawn.
  • When mowed regularly, centipedegrass does not usually form a thatch layer under the grass. Using a de-thatcher when it is not needed can hurt the grass more than it helps. If the turf seems to be growing directly in the soil and if the thatch is less than 1/2 inch thick, don’t detatch.
Terry O'Leary

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