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How to properly mow your lawn in Orlando and Kissimmee FL. Heron Home & Outdoor

At Heron Home and Outdoor, our expert team provides lawn care guides, advice and services to help you maintain a lush and healthy lawn, this includes regular fertlization treatments, weed control and mowing services. When you choose Heron for your Florida lawn care services, you can trust we will provide a professional and reliable service.

Our team can provide essential tips on mowing patterns, cutting heights, and the significance of regular maintenance. Consider the added benefits of professional lawn care services to elevate your outdoor space to new heights. 


Proper mowing is one of the key elements in a healthy turf. Photosynthesis is hindered every time your lawn is mowed. Leaves feed the root system. The more leaf blade, the healthier the root system. A healthier root system decreases the need for supplemental irrigation. Mowing a lawn too short weakens the root system and allows weeds to germinate much easier.

What is the ideal height for cutting grass?

Keeping your lawn in good shape requires knowing how long to keep your grass. St. Augustine should be mowed at 3½”. Seville St. Augustine and Zoysia should be mowed at 2½”. A simple test is to use your index finger. After mowing, touch the soil with the tip of your finger and the leaf blades should be at least to your knuckle. The more leaf blade that remains after mowing, the greener your lawn will appear to the human eye.


Grass should never be mowed more than 1/3 of its leaf surface. In other words, if you are mowing at 3½” of height, you should mow once it reaches 4 ½”. On average, a thick vigorous, growing lawn should be mowed once a week. Sharp blades are important for a green lawn. A dull blade will chop at the leaf, resulting in a brown tip. A sharp blade will cut smooth and heal much faster.


Not bagging your grass clippings helps in many ways. For one, you save a lot of time when you mow. Not bagging as you mow returns valuable nutrients to the soil. This is a natural fertilizer. A 50 pound bag of dry clippings has about the same amount of nutrients as a 25 pound bag of 6-6-6 fertilizer.

Dropping your grass clippings also helps reduce thatch through decomposition. Help the environment, yourself, and your lawn by not bagging your clippings.


Follow our top tips for a thriving lawn:

  • Maintain a consistent mowing pattern.
  • Adjust the cutting height based on grass type.
  • Mow regularly to prevent overgrowth.
  • Avoid cutting wet grass to prevent clogs, and keep mower blades sharp for clean cuts.
  • Choose cooler times for mowing to reduce stress on the grass, regardless of whether you’re using a push or riding mower.
Mowing a Lawn with a Riding Mower

Efficiently mow larger lawns with a riding mower. Adjust cutting height appropriately, conduct regular maintenance checks, and plan a strategic mowing pattern to avoid soil compaction. Whether navigating around obstacles or maintaining precision, a riding mower provides comfort and speed.

Mowing with a Zero Turn Mower

Optimize precision with a zero turn mower by utilizing its tight turning radius. Adjust cutting height, monitor blade sharpness, and vary mowing patterns. Take advantage of a zero turn mower’s maneuverability for efficient navigation around obstacles.

At Heron Home and Outdoor we understand how the changing climate in Florida can make lawn care a difficult task, that’s where our expert team can help. Contact Heron today for a free quote and to discuss your Florida lawn care needs.

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