Should I Mow After a Lawn Treatment???

We are often asked, “Should I mow my lawn after you spray?” Which is a great question.

There are a few things we need to consider to find the right answer for you. First, do you have a lot of weeds in your lawn? Or is it pretty clean? If you have a lot of weeds in your lawn it is always a good idea to mow approximately 2 days after a lawn treatment is made. By cutting the weeds you are making them want to grow faster, which in turn will make them die off quicker because they will use the herbicide we spray on them like it was regular water.  If your lawn is pretty clean it’s not that important that you mow 2 days after since there aren’t any weeds.

Whether or not to mow before the treatment depends on the current height of the lawn. If the weeds are mature (have produced a seed head), then it is important to mow before the lawn is treated. This will cause the weeds in your lawn to want to grow faster and so when the products are applied to control them it can go to work almost instantly.

I think it is always a good idea to “scalp” your lawn in the spring of each year. To do this simply cut your lawn on one of the lowest settings your mower has and remove the clippings afterward. This will remove the thatch and the old dead grass from last year and allow the sunlight to penetrate to the roots. Scalping your lawn makes it green up faster and more evenly as the temperatures rise.

Mowing is extremely important to the health of your lawn and the effectiveness of the lawn treatments. Regular mowing will not only improve the overall appearance of your lawn. It will also make your grass grow thicker which in turn will help it choke out weeds and look much better.

Until next time,

Steve Clark