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Not sure if you're getting your money's worth from your lawn maintenance provider? It boils down to three simple practices. Does your lawn mowing service trim your lawn to the correct height? When it comes to mowing patterns, do they change directions with each new visit? Do they sharpen their mowing blades as needed?

All three rules are essential to maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn. So, if you answered no to any of the above questions, your lawn could suffer in the long run. Whether you're here in Gilbert, AZ or anywhere else, it's best to work with a lawn mowing company that follows all three lawn mowing best practices.

1. They Aren’t Mowing Your Grass at the Correct Height


2. They Aren’t Mowing Your Grass at the Correct Height

Is your lawn mowing company trimming your yard to the correct height based on your grass type? Keeping grass green here in Arizona often involves managing two different grass types. Many lawns in this region contain both winter rye and bermudagrass.

Tending to two different grass types requires your lawn technician to understand how each variety behaves so they know which mower blade height to use. For example, bermudagrass peaks in the spring but goes dormant in the winter. In contrast, annual rye experiences peak growth in the winter but goes dormant in the summer. Here are some best practices for seasonal mowing heights in Arizona.

  • Mowing in the early spring: When winter ends, annual rye begins its slow-growth phase. This is the best time to scalp or cut rye to the stems by setting mowing blades to 0 or 0.5 inches in height.
  • Mowing in the summer: The hot sun can quickly evaporate any moisture in your lawn and dry out your lawn's root system. That's why many lawn and landscape maintenance professionals recommend cutting bermudagrass to no less than 2 to 2.5 inches in the summer.
  • Mowing in the winter: While this region doesn't receive snowfall, it does get cool. So, avoid cutting the lawn so low that the cool temperatures shock your grass. The best winter mowing height range is 2.5 to 3 inches.

If your lawn mowing pro doesn't change their mowing heights based on the grass type they're mowing and when they're doing it, they may harm your lawn.

3. They Don't Rotate Their Mowing Directions with Each Visit

They're Not Sharpening Their Mowing Blades Often Enough

Take a close look at your grass. If you notice that your grass is frayed, your lawn technician could be mowing your lawn with unsharpened blades. Worn lawnmower blades pull at your grass, creating a "tearing effect" that splits the ends of each piece of grass. This makes your lawn fight harder to retain moisture and can ultimately attract weeds.

A general rule of thumb is to sharpen lawn mower blades after every 25 hours of mowing. Anything less frequent causes the lawnmower to tug at your lawn. Dull lawnmower blades can also cause the technician to cut your grass unevenly. So, if it takes an hour to mow a lawn and the mowing company mows five yards a day, they should sharpen their mower blades at least once weekly. If they're not adhering to this type of schedule, they could be doing your lawn a disservice.

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Let us help nurse your lawn back to optimal health. Our lawn and landscape maintenance professionals have proudly served property owners in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, and surrounding areas in Arizona since 2012.

We've maintained top-rated status in the area because of our attention to the smaller details like mowing to proper levels, rotating mowing patterns, and sharpening our mower blades frequently. We also include string-trimming, edging, and debris cleanup with each mowing visit. Call us today at to schedule our comprehensive lawn mowing service!