Whatever the reason why our turf might have become overgrown, it is now time to manage the issue and to bring our yards into full health and control once again. But mowing an overgrown lawn may bring risk of harm to the lawn if we are not careful in how we go about cutting back the surplus growth, as mowing an overgrown lawn can actually result in severely damaging the yard or maybe even killing the yard if the mowing isn’t done correctly.
All development of yards comes from a portion of the bud called a crown. It’s from these crowns that spring forth new runners in warm season grasses, in addition to new yard leaf material in most grasses. If these crowns are removed or damaged during lawn mowing then it will become impossible for new yard growth to happen in any way, which in turn can kill the grass in any affected turf areas where this happens.
But for some warm season grasses like Zoysia and Bermuda grasses, these yard types have underground runners that could repair a yard where the above surface yard was murdered or had its own crowns eliminated with lawn mowing. Though it’s not a guarantee that warm season lawns will fix when they’re severely damaged.
The problem we have with overgrown turf is that these crowns may increase far higher above the ground level whenever the yard gets overgrown. Then if we mow the overgrown yard at our regular lawn mowing heightswe could actually be eliminating the currently raised crowns in the yard mowing process, thus severely damaging or even killing the yard in the affected region where this has happened.
We therefore must correct our mowing practice whenever we’re tackling an overgrown yard to bring it back into an orderly condition.
If we will start to mow our lawns more often from now on, then the best solution for all of us in handling an overgrown grass is to gradually reduce yard mowing heights over time. Not taking an excessive amount of foliage material off at the first lawn mowing, then maybe slowly reducing lawn mowing heights at each third provider, until gradually we get our yards back to their best mowing heights.
This approach is the safest of all, and while it will take a while to bring our yards back to their very best appearance, it won’t ever risk damaging the turf. What is going on in this approach is two-fold: firstly we’re not removing these crowns while lawn mowing, so the grass does not die off; second, as the turf is gradually being lowered over time, the turf will adjust itself to the new growing environment by continuously expanding all of its fresh crowns in the lower heights that we’ve introduced. Gradually, over time, we’ve safely lowered the yard height and trained the yard to cultivate new crowns lower and nearer to the ground level where they belong.
Mowing An Overgrown Lawn in One Lawn Mowing
As already mentioned, this will be safer to perform with a warm season lawn than using a cool season lawn, so the results and risk of the stay with the yard owner or whomever is mowing the overgrown lawn.
If this is one yard mowing supposed to quickly clean up an overgrown yard, then it would also be anticipated that we would not need to kill the yard in the procedure. Therefore the ideal approach to mowing an overgrown lawn that isn’t likely to be regularly mowed afterward is to mow the lawn in the maximum height potential that is acceptable to the yard owner.
By mowing at this greater height we’re doing our very best to not be damaging or removing a lot of grass crowns during the yard mowing process, so this can give us our very best result to keep a yard that stays alive and in the best possible health following this lawn mowing. While the lawn won’t appear at its best, it’s the safest possible option for us in this situation and to ensure the continuing survival of the yard.
Such items could become dangerous if struck with lawn mower blades, making a projectile which risks damage to property or people. Therefore all long grass areas should be carefully assessed before any yard mowing taking place.
Finally, whenever we eliminate plenty of grass leaf material using one mowing, we’re going to be cutting to the brown thatch layer of the turf, and the longer the yard becomes, so too will the thatch layer increase in elevation too. Therefore we should anticipate a slough off on the grass wherever lots of green leaf was removed simultaneously. Provided that the yard is properly watered and cared for after the lawn mowing, this thatch layer should decrease over a brief time period and fresh green foliage grown by the yard.