Mowing Services

When choosing a mowing service, it's imperative that price is not the driving factor. Reliability, quality of equipment, and professionalism, along with price, are all very important. Prestige Landscape Management exemplifies trustworthiness, dependability, and professionalism regardless of the service is being performed.

Just how important is proper mowing?

Although often overlooked, mowing has a major impact on lawn appearance and health. Following the steps below to ensure proper mowing.

  • Don't make the common mistake of mowing too short. For most lawns in North Carolina, a mowing height of 3 to 4 inches is suggested; with the upper range being best for summer. Lawns mowed at higher heights tend to have deeper roots, less weed problems, and look much better. Mowing too close invites problems such as weed invasions. Simply raising the mowing height can have a major impact on the quality of many home lawns. A mowing height of three inches would be fine when grasses are rapidly growing, but the height should be raised as growth slows, stress increases, and when the lawn is in the shade.
  • Base mowing frequency on the rate your lawn is growing. Do not remove more than one-third of the grass leaf in any one cutting. Mowing on a regular basis as the lawn needs it is essential. Don't mow when the grass is wet. That causes tearing.

  • Grass wilting and "footprinting" signal a need to water this lawn.

  • As long as the lawn is mowed on a regular basis and the clippings readily filter back down into the lawn, clippings do not need to be collected. Returned in this manner, clippings readily decompose (contain 75 - 80 percent water) and do not cause thatch. Clippings also recycle nutrients, in particular nitrogen, so less fertilizer is needed.

  • Overwatering can be a common problem.

  • Selecting a mower can involve a number of factors, many being personal preference. A study at the University of Illinois showed mulching mowers did not provide any additional benefit over conventional rotary mowers returning clippings, assuming proper mowing frequency and lawn fertilizing was followed. Regardless of the type of mower, blades should be kept sharp. The one additional benefit of a mulching mower is that is usually appears that no clippings are less visible.
  • Mow in the direction that is safest. Periodically change directions if desired, although mowing the same direction each time should not be a problem on taller grass of home lawns.