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Mowing practices for healthy lawns

Sam Bauer and Jonah Reyes

Proper mowing practices contribute to a healthy lawn and minimal weeds, and, if you leave grass clippings on your lawn, contribute to lawn nutrition. Typically, the species of grasses used in Minnesota lawns are Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescues.


For a maintained residential bluegrass and fescue lawn, maintain a height of 3 inches or higher.

Remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf tissue when you mow.

What time of the year should I stop mowing?

Continue mowing until the grass stops growing in the fall, generally around the end of October.

Leave your clippings on the lawn

Mower blades

Make sure your mower blades are sharp.


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