We all know that grass needs to be mowed regularly for sightly curb appeal. However, did you know that the frequency you should be mowing your lawn changes depending on what type of grass you have? Our lawns in Virginia have both cool-season and warm-season turf types. It is important to know what type of grass you have so that you can determine the correct mowing schedule.

Cool-season and warm-season grass types both have different requirements for how often they should be mowed, depending on the time of year. Both types of grass thrive and struggle during different times of the year, so it is important to tailor your mowing services to the needs of your specific grass type. No matter what type of grass you have, however, always make sure that your lawn mowing company is following the 1/3 rule to ensure that they are not causing any unnecessary stress on your grass.


The Ideal Mowing Schedule for Cool-Season Turf

Cool-season grass thrives in colder temperatures during the spring and fall. If you want your lawn to stay trim and vibrant, your mowing schedule will have to keep up with the several inches of growth that your grass will produce each week. During the summer months, the growth of your cool-season turf will significantly slow down. This means that your mowing schedule can slow down as well.

Here is a general annual mowing schedule for cool-season turf types:

  • Spring: Mow about once every week to keep up with the fast growth of your grass.
  • Summer: The heat will begin to stress out your grass which will slow its growth. Your schedule can be adjusted to a bi-weekly mow during the summer.
  • Fall: Gear up for another growing season by switching your mowing schedule back to weekly.

The Ideal Mowing Schedule for Warm-Season Turf

Vibrant green lawn with mowing patterns on a summer day in Annadale, VA.

Warm-season turf thrives in the summer months, so your mowing services will need to be scheduled more frequently during this time in order for your lawn to look its best. As you can probably already guess, your warm-season grass growth will slow down during the spring and fall months.

Here is a general annual mowing schedule for warm-season turf types:

  • Spring: Your grass will be slow to grow during the spring season. You can get away with bi-weekly mowing during this time.
  • Summer: Warm-season turf thrives in the summer! You will see a significant increase in grass growth so, in order to keep your lawn healthy and happy, your schedule will need to increase to weekly mows.
  • Fall: It's chilly again, and your grass knows it. Its growth will slow down during these months and you can return to bi-weekly mows.

No matter your grass type, always follow the 1/3 rule.

A freshly mowed front lawn in Annandale, VA.

Regardless of what type of grass you have, make sure that the lawn maintenance company you hire is always adhering to the 1/3 rule. This rule means that no more than 1/3 of each grass blade is cut off at one time.

This rule is really important for the health of your grass. Cutting off any more than 1/3 of your grass blades at a time could stress out your lawn and leave it susceptible to lawn diseases and insect infestation.

As a general rule, cool-season grass should be kept between 2.5-4 inches tall and warm-season grass should be kept around 1-3 inches tall.


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At Rimble Landscaping, we know how much a beautiful lawn can improve the overall quality of a property. For more than a decade, we have provided exceptional lawn and landscaping services in Arlington, Falls Church, Annandale, and nearby areas in Virginia.

Our professionals have experience mowing both cool-season and warm-season turf and will care for your lawn so that you don't have to! If you would like to schedule our lawn mowing services, call us today at (703) 527-6950 to speak to a member of our team.