Spring Mowing Trick to Reduce Fescue Grass Clumps

Spring Mowing Trick to Reduce Fescue Grass Clumps

In the spring, as the grass bounces back to life, your fescue lawn tends to grow really fast.  The temperatures are perfect , the grass was recently fertilized, the sun is shining, and the ground stays wet with plenty of moisture.

This all amounts to a healthy, dark green, thick lawn, that grows really fast, making it tricky to cut off that 1/3 off the top each week! In fact, during this time, you almost have to cut it twice, or spend a lot time blowing or raking out all those clumps! What a mess!

After being in the industry for a while, you learn a couple of tricks here or there. One that is especially useful is in the spring, when the grass is growing so fast you can barely keep up.

Most people set a mower height for the lawn, and then keep it at that height all year. You don't have to do that.

The trick….

Cut the grass much shorter right before the grass comes out of dormancy and starts growing fast. Then raise the blades ¼ inch to an ½ inch each week.

For example, the grass grows very fast for about 4-6 weeks out of dormancy, right before summer hits. Then the lawn slows down due to higher temperatures and less water.  You should cut tall fescue at a high length for it to be at it healthiest. It is best at 4 plus inches.

So, right as the grass starts to take off, cut it down to 2.75 to 3 inches. The next week, raise the blades a hair and cut it at 3.25. The week after that 3.5, then 3.75, and then 4. You get the picture. You could even do it all the way 4.25, and then 4.5 if you would like. Remember, its call TALL fescue for a reason.

Since the grass is going to the grow at the same fast rate regardless its height in this healthy state, during this time of year (unless you scalp it down to 2 inches or something dumb), you are at least giving yourself a little bit of help and head start on the next week’s mowing by a quarter inch to a half an inch each week, and it will continue to look great!

Give Yourself a Head Start

This may not completely solve the problem, but it will most certainly help.  If you can't get rid of the clumps, you may want to look at this article about bagging your lawn for a few weeks. A little can go a long way in regards to whether the grass clumps up or not. If you don’t want to mess with your lawn and would like one our professionals to help you out, give us a call today at 866.228.5324 or click Lawn Mowing .