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Unhealthy for the grass???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnranger44, Jan 4, 2002.

  1. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Just the other day a lady asked me to mow her lawn, even though it looked fine. I was hesitant to take the job because I wasn't sure if mowing would be healthy for the grass during the winter months when it doesn't grow. Can mowing in the winter damage a lawn?
  2. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    i think it would be ok to mow it, so long as there isnt any frost on the grass. frost can have a tendency to leave dead mower lines where the tires roll over the grass.
  3. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    We do it all the time down here..........comes right back in the spring.
  4. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    It shouldn't hurt it at all. I was just wondering what reason she might have for wanting it cut. I get a few calls every winter from people wanting a cut, but it's usually warm enough here that it grows some during winter. Most days are in the upper 40's. What's a typical PA day like?
  5. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Should be okay.I would just put one cut on the grass.Don't mow when the frost is on the ground,that actually breaks the blade and turns the grass a gray dark color.
  6. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    a typical winter day here is upper 30's, the low is lower 20's.
  7. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    It's ok to mow when the grass is not growing. The growth points are in the crown, near the soil. Rule of thumb is to not remove more than 1/3 the blade length.

    Cutting it shorter in the cool weather is ok, as the plant is nearly dormant and there is likely not enough sunlight to run up the photosynthesis rate. The need for a longer blade length is to produce the higher Ps to sustain the plant group.

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