IWM Technique: Mowing and Cutting

When is mowing and/or cutting recommended?

  • The infested area is flat and relatively dry
  • The infested area is not easily accessible to use other control methods due to overgrowth
  • The plant is an annual or biennial that does not reproduce vegetatively
  • When the mowing or cutting can be repeated throughout the season before the plants fully flower and set seed

    Limits to Success:

    • This technique rarely kills the enitre plant
    • If not performed at the correct time and plants have produced seed, mowing or cutting can lead to further spread of the infestation.
    • Not effective for plants that reproduce vegetatively
    • Mowing and cutting must be done repeatedly throughout the season and for multiple years for effective results