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Lawn Cutting in the Spring

January 28, 2024
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Lawn Cutting in the Spring

When to Mow a Lawn in Spring

How High Should I Cut My Grass?

When mowing grass, the height you cut is just as important as when you cut it. You’ll want to leave your grass a little longer in the spring to help it recover from the winter. Therefore, aim to cut no more than 1/3 of the blade at a time and leave it at a height of around 2.5 to 3 inches. Again, this helps protect the roots of your grass and promote optimal growth.

How to Cut Grass in Spring

Garden lawn with mower stripes.

Adjust the cutting height

Remove debris

Before mowing, take a few minutes to walk around your yard and remove any debris that may have accumulated over the winter, such as fallen branches, twigs, and rocks.

Mow in a pattern

To achieve a well-manicured lawn, start mowing from the yard's edge and then continue in a pattern. This method ensures you cover the entire lawn and don't leave any patches of uncut grass. You could start by mowing around the perimeter of your yard and then work your way inwards.

Avoid cutting too much

As mentioned earlier, avoid cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time when mowing. Doing so will help keep your lawn healthy and prevent it from becoming stressed.

Can I Mow Wet Grass?

You’ve probably noticed that grass is more wet in the springtime due to the increased moisture from rain and melting snow. Mowing wet grass is generally not recommended, as it can lead to an uneven cut and potentially damage your lawn mower.

Wet grass also clumps together, clogging up the discharge chute and causing your mower to stall. If you must mow damp grass, try to do it in the late morning or early afternoon when the sun has had a chance to dry it. Additionally, ensure your mower blades are sharp and that you mow at a higher height than usual to avoid tearing the grass blades.

What If It Snows in Spring?

Midwest weather can be unpredictable, making it difficult to determine when winter weather is completely gone. We recommend waiting until temperatures consistently exceed 40 degrees Fahrenheit before starting your first spring mow. However, if temperatures drop and there is frost, avoid mowing your lawn until the frost has melted away. Mowing your lawn when the grass is frosted or frozen can cause damage and even kill your lawn.

Before Mowing Grass

Cutting grass with a professional grass trimmer.

Need Lawn Cutting Services?

While mowing your lawn DIY is standard, working with a professional mowing crew can offer many benefits, including:

  • Professional equipment to ensure your lawn is properly cut and manicured. 
  • Expertise in identifying any potential issues with your lawn, such as pests or diseases, before they become a bigger problem.
  • More time to enjoy your lawn vs. spending your free time and energy maintaining it.

If you have a busy schedule, a professional crew can maintain your lawn regularly, so you never have to worry about it.

Where can I find lawn mowing services near me?

Aspen Ridge Lawn & Landscape is the ultimate solution for your lawn care needs in Rapid City and beyond. Our trained mowing crew provides top-notch lawn-cutting services to residential and commercial property owners. We also offer flexible mowing packages that include weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly services to fit your schedule and budget.


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