- Keep mower blade sharp – dull blades can tear and damage grass blades, creating water loss and stress to the plant
- Mow grass to a length of 2-2.5 inches – longer blades retain moisture and provide a thick, tall canopy which helps prevent weed growth
- Remove only one third of the blade of grass with each mowing
- Mow in different directions each mowing – this will stand the grass blades up and improve mowing efficiency
- Leave the grass clippings as they will dry out and return nutrients to the soil
- Healthy lawns usually require mowing every 3-4 days
In Spring, the first mowing should cut the grass slightly shorter to remove some of the old grass. Leave grass slightly longer during periods of extreme drought. This will allow the grass blades to retain more moisture and require less water.