How Short Should You Cut Your Grass?

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There is an optimal height for every type of grass considering a lot of factors, such as the season and the plants growing conditions. A lawn properly mowed blesses you with a succulent and vigorous turf not susceptible to weed invasion, drought, and potential diseases. Furthermore, it lessens the workload as a low maintenance lawn is created.

Don’t be swayed by the saying, “Cut your lawn too short and you don’t have to cut it too often”. It will result in a lawn liable to weed invasion, drought, and damage from heat. Likewise, letting your grass grow too long won’t do you any good because it will only promote your backyard as a habitat for creeping crawlers like snakes, insects, and mice. Also, it will make the workload heavier as it will be hard to mow and long grass needs to be raked. So, if a healthy lawn is what you want to obtain, follow the pointers when cutting your grass.

Cut your shady grasses a little higher, for it to thrive. When cutting grass during drought conditions, raise the blade to the top of its cutting range of the grass, to minimize the stress on your lawn. In early spring, trim warm-season grasses at the lower end of the cutting range. Cold-season grasses prosper when cut high.

Fescue, which is a cold-season grass that grows under the cold conditions of spring and fall, flourishes when cut between 2 to 3 inches high. Kentucky Bluegrass can be trimmed with an optimal height of 1.5 to 2.5 inches. As observed from these examples, cold-season grasses’ ideal mowing height is between 1 to 4 inches. Also keep in mind that every mowing only the top 1/3 of the grass blades should be removed. Remember not to trim more than 1/3 of the total grass blade length all at once.

Warm-season grasses achieve their prime when summer reaches its peak. St. Augustine, Bermuda and Zoysia are examples of these. These warm-season turfs have varying mowing height requirement. For instance, the ideal mowing height for an Empire Zoysia is between 0.75 to 3 inches. Albeit, it has an ideal mowing height, it will still differ depending on the region it is in.

Always put into consideration the growing conditions of the grass and always bear in mind the following pointers are not fixed. The ideal mowing height is not absolute, since it also depends on the type of grass or the season and weather condition and the environment of the grass. For instance, you are growing your cool-season turf and at the same time you want to get rid of the crabgrass that is pestering your lawn, it is definitely fine if you make an alteration during spring and summer. These adjustments can be made simply because you want to eliminate a certain annual weed that is trying to compete and disturb your lawn grass.

A lawn that is appropriately mowed prevents the risk of having harmful weeds compete with your lawn grass and instead promotes the succulence and health of your turf. A backyard with a vibrant lawn is really a sight to behold.