Cutting its annual mowing schedule from four to three times could save the Ohio Department of Transportation millions, according to a study by State Auditor Dave Yost.
He estimates eliminating one mowing would save 7.4 million dollars a year. Transportation workers are mowing 70 thousand linear miles each year, usually making the first cut before Memorial Day or when the grass is a foot high. Yost found 10 other states get by with three mowings. The study says herbicide could be used to reduce the need for mowing.