members are a unique blend of landscape maintenance, installation,
design/ build contractors and interior landscape firms. Founded
in 1963, ALCA develops and maintains active programs for its 2000
member firms in the areas of business management, government affairs,
public relations, technical assistance, safety and Insurance, education,
and interindustry relations with other facets of the green industry.
Your new lawn will be ready to be mowed when the grass plants are higher than the height at which they will normally be maintained. In other words, if you plan to regularly cut the lawn to a height of 3" the first mowing should be done when the grass reaches a length of 3 ¼ " tall. When mowing, follow the general rules
Do not remove more than one-third of the leaf blade at any one time
Do not mow if the ground is wet
The most important requirement for proper mowing is a sharp blade.
A dull blade rips and shreds the grass instead of cutting it and seedlings can actually be torn from the soil. Mowing with a dull blade also makes the plants susceptible to other problems like brown leaf tips and disease infestation.
Mow lawns at 3"With maximum in hot, dry weather and avoid scalping especially in irregular, bumpy areas.
Remove no more than one third of total length at a cutting so grass is not stressed.
Clippings can generally be left except during a disease outbreak or if they are clumping on the lawn.