Mowing is important to maintain turfgrass because it maintains top growth within specified limits, controls undesirable vegetation intolerant to mowing, sustains turfgrasses, and produces a functional athletic surface for sports fields.

A standard rule in the industry for moderately to intensively maintained turfs is to never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade in a single mowing.  Removing more than 1/3 can result in poor plant health and growth.  Mowing frequency is the number of mowings per unit time.  Mowing frequency depends on turfgrass growth, level of maintenance, weather conditions, and climatic conditions.

Additional Mowing Resources:
Turfgrass Mowing - Kansas State University
Mowing - Cornell University
The Science Behind Mowing Fine Turf

STMA Conference Sessions:
Optimizing Mowing and Application Equipment Performance Through Sound Maintenance Practices - Speaker: Jim Nedin - Jim Nedin Consulting Services
This presentation will highlight optimizing the performance of reel and rotary mowers as well as pesticide and fertilizer application equipment.  Frequent maintenance of mowing equipment through proper setup, adjustments and maintenance will promote healthy turfgrass.  Accurate calibration of pesticide and fertilizer application equipment will ensure application accuracy and minimize environmental impacts.
Calibration Workbook
SportsTurf Article
Access the Recorded Presentation Here

Webinars and Videos:
How Mowing Affects Turfgrass - Webinar presented by Dr. Doug Linde
Better Mowing...Better Growing - University of Missouri

International Resources