The Art of Mowing: Part 4


The Art of Mowing: Part 4

Who knew there was so much to know about mowing your lawn and the impact that it can have on its overall health. We are continuing to help, not only our customers at 4-EverGreen, but also other homeowners and mowing services who take pride in a beautiful, weed free lawn.

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed common honest mistakes we make when caring for our lawn. Mowing height is probably the most common mistake and was discussed in The Art of Mowing: Part 1. I you haven’t read that, no worries. It is in our blog portion on our website. Go check it out. It goes in detail about mowing heights. Remember, never cut more than one third of the grass blade on each cutting.

In the next article, The Art of Mowin: Part 2,  we provided the importance of sharpening and balancing your lawn mowers blades.

And in the latest article on mowing, The Art of Mowing: Part 3, we explain the nutritional benefits of leaving your lawn clippings on the lawn as opposed to bagging them up on each cutting. These free nutritional clippings can be reused by the plant and not just hauled off and thrown away.

We now want to focus on more of “the art” of the actual mowing. There is an old saying, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Having a strategy before you just strike out mowing in circles can have a significant impact on your lawn.  As silly as that sounds, the direction of which we decide to mow can play a major role in your lawn reaching its full potential. All lawns are not laid out the same. Most homeowners and mowing services choose the easiest mowing direction in order to get the job done as quickly as possible in order to be able to “call it done”. Always mowing your lawn in the same direction may be easiest but not always best.

Changing  the mowing directions each time you mow is best for your lawn. So why is changing mowing directions so important?

Compaction is the main reason you probably need to change up your mowing direction. Do not under estimate compaction and the effect it can have on your lawns health. A compacted soil restricts air, water, and nutrients from getting beneath the soils surface, where the plant can actually use it.  The are also several hard to control weeds that thrive in compacted soils. For example, goosegrass is a problematic weed for turfgrass managers especially in high traffic areas where soils are compacted.

Most mowers today are heavy machines that weigh in over 1000 lbs. When that 1000 lb machine rolls across your lawn in the same direction time and time again, it quickly begins to become compacted.

mowing directions

As a matter of fact, the effects of mowing in the same direction can easily be seen as “dormant tracks” as the rest of the lawn is already out of dormancy as show here. aeration


Lawns naturally become compacted through foot traffic, irrigation, vehicle traffic, and/or machines on the lawn. If compaction could be a problem for your lawn, aerating  is a great cultural practice that will relieve that compaction and allow for root growth and expansion. As a result, your lawn will benefit greatly from the air, water, and nutrients to help your lawns overall health.



Since we are still in full swing with our warm season grasses growing season, remember to change up the direction you mow. Change the direction you mow from side to side or front to back. And then even put an angle cut on the lawn. By swapping the direction up you will reduce compaction and in return leave your lawn healthier.

For more information about your mowing habits, getting your lawn aerated, or for your weed control and fertilizer needs, please call our office for free information or an estimate at

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Other Articles Below Can Be Found On Our Web Site Under Our Blogs Tab

The Art of Mowing: Part 1


Never Mow More Than One-Third of the Grass Blade on Each Cutting

The Art of Mowing: Part 2


Keep a Sharp Set of Lawn Mower Blades

The Art of Mowing: Part 3

excess lawn clippings

Do Not Bag Your Clippings

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