Mowing the lawn isn’t just a chore, done properly it can help your lawn and the environment. There are three factors that are critical to proper mowing.
A sharp blade makes a clean cut leaving less tissue exposed, reducing water loss stress and disease concerns. A dull blade not only causes significant health concerns for your lawn, but can also cause discoloration.
The simple rule to remember is the 1/3 rule. Mowing should be done often enough to prevent the removal of more than 1/3 of the leaf at any one time. This will help lower the level of stress on the root system. Removal of more than 1/3 of the leaf too often or under periods of heavy stress can result in turf loss. This frequency will vary during the year, but once a week is usually often enough even during periods of heavy growth.
Mowing heights vary for different types of turf. See below for your turf type and mowing height.