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Landscape Maintenance vs. Lawn Care: What’s The Difference?

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Lawn mowing is one of those services that can sometimes be an afterthought. Homeowners know that it has to be completed—or else their lawn will start to look like an overgrown mess—but most of the time they aren’t thinking too much about how or even when it’s performed.
Unfortunately, this can be a detriment to the lawn. Failing to mow properly, including on the right schedule, can be impactful to your lawn’s health and performance.

The truth is, even if you feel like you can live with your lawn a little taller, mowing every two weeks as opposed to weekly mowing is not ideal for the overall health of your lawn. While bi-weekly mowing is an option that Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape will sometimes offer in an effort to be flexible with what homeowners prefer, we’ll explain why if you want the healthiest and best-looking lawn, you should opt for weekly mowing.Lawn care team mowing a customers house weekly

Why is Weekly Mowing the Optimal Choice?

The main reason why weekly mowing is a best practice is that it doesn’t put as much stress on the lawn’s health. After all, you have to remember that your lawn is made up of all these different grass plants, and as with any plant, cutting it can cause stress.

However, cutting more frequently is actually much less stressful on the grass than waiting more than a week in between mows and making a drastic cut. That’s because you’re cutting a smaller amount of the grass height at a time.

Ideally, you want to cut a maximum of one-third from the tip of the grass blade to make the cut the least traumatic. When you cut more than that, your grass is likely to turn yellow as it struggles from the stress that it’s been put under.

Is Mowing Every Two Weeks an Option?

If weekly mowing is truly the best practice, you might wonder why bi-weekly mowing would be an option. At Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape, we have always been appreciated for our honesty and transparency and it’s no different with our mowing plans.

We are clear in telling homeowners that weekly mowing is best for their lawn.

However, we have also always aimed to be flexible and meet our clients’ specific needs. Some clients prefer bi-weekly mowing because they’re not aiming to have the best lawn on the block, they just want it mowed before it gets completely out of control. We are clear that this is going to impact the lawn’s vigor and overall green color and clients who use this plan accept this reality.

Some homeowners also want bi-weekly mowing because it’s what best fits their budget. Of course, it’s important to note that when you break down the price-per-service, there is actually a cost-saving to weekly mowing. Yes, you pay more in total but the price-per-service is less.

However, it’s important to mention that we do not offer mowing every two weeks to homeowners with irrigation systems and already lush lawns as we want to help homeowners protect their investment. Not everyone is eligible for this plan.

Most bi-weekly mowing clients may also not be lawn care clients. Because lawn care services like fertilization are going to make the grass grow even faster, it’s even more important to keep up with weekly mowing when your lawn is receiving treatments. It’s also counterproductive to invest in lawn care, which will help promote the overall health of your lawn, and then not mow regularly. In many ways, poor mowing habits can undo all of the hard work and progress from a lawn care program.

In fact, some of our clients who handle their own mowing make timing and other mistakes that end up impacting the quality of their lawn’s health and that ends up being a major source of frustration.

Here are two common mowing mistakes that can impact your lawn care results.

  • Mow Height: Grass should be cut no shorter than 3 to 3.5 inches as anything further puts unnecessary stress on the lawn. Even if you’re performing weekly mowing, if you’re cutting the grass too short, it could still turn yellow from stress. When you mow too short, you also invite weeds into your lawn. Opportunistic weeds are much more likely to invade weakened lawns, than dense and thriving ones.
  • Dull Blades: Another common mowing mistake is mowing the lawn with a dull blade. To promote health, a lawn should be mowed with a sharp blade, making a nice, clean-cut. A dull blade leaves your grass blades jagged and prone to disease. It will likely also turn yellow from the stress of the poor cut.

Because these mistakes are easy to make with a DIY approach to mowing, it may be easier to just hand these services over to a pro.

Choosing Professional Mowing Services in Alexandria, Arlington, and Springfield, VA

At the end of the day, by choosing professional mowing services, you’ll not only support the optimal health of your lawn, but you’ll have professional-looking results. Plus, you’ll also take the burden off of your plate. Most homeowners find mowing to be just that—a burden that they have to make time for (usually on their weekend, when they’d rather be doing something else).

If you only have time to mow on the weekends, you’ve probably also noticed how one weekend’s bad weather can mean pushing mowing off and then having to make one of those traumatic cuts because your lawn is suddenly out of control.

However, when you hand your mowing services over to a professional, that burden is now off of your shoulders. You won’t have to worry about the timing or setting aside an hour of the weekend. Instead, it just gets done for you—and you have a professional-looking, impressive lawn.
Lawn care technician mowing
After all, when we perform mowing, we’re also doing some of the value-add services that come along with it like edging around hard surfaces for a clean look. We’re also blowing off all of your hard surfaces with a blower. These are added tasks that you no longer have to worry about.

Plus, if your lawn has some fallen debris like small twigs or leaves, those will get mulched up and mixed into the lawn to breakdown and add nutrients. While that’s certainly no substitute for leaf removal during the prime fall months, it will keep your lawn looking neat and tidy when extra debris falls.

An Impressive Difference

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you care about your lawn care results. You’re most likely wondering how often should I mow because you want to mow the right amount for your lawn’s health. Instead of having to worry about this, you can hand your mowing services for your Alexandria, Arlington, or Springfield, VA home over to a pro, and know that you’re going to get the best results.

Put simply, mowing has a much bigger impact than people tend to realize in how their lawn looks and performs. But by working with a professional who follows best practices, you’ll begin to see an impressive difference.

Don’t let mowing ruin your chances of a fantastic lawn—instead, request your quote, consider choosing the King Package from our 3 lawn care package options, and relax as you get the royal treatment.

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Krisjan Berzins - Owner, CEO

Since 1997, Krisjan has led the Kingstowne team with one simple philosophy, treat every customer like the “only” customer. His passionate pursuit of impeccable customer service has resulted in 24 successful years and a thriving company with over 85 employees, helping thousands of homeowners in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Springfield, VA area get what they want -- a worry-free property they can be proud of.