Mowing the lawn is one of the most frequent chores homeowners have to do. This chore is now a common chore across North America.
You can get out the lawn mower as soon as your lawn looks a bit overgrown. If you’re like most homeowners you probably don’t pay much attention to the height of your lawn.
However, this is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when doing yard work. It is crucial to determine and maintain the right height for lawn growth.
What is the right height for mowing?
The ideal height for mowing depends on the type of grass. Kentucky Bluegrass, for instance, is best kept between 1.5 to 3 inches high. Warm-season grasses such as Bermuda, on the other hand thrive when mowed at a height of 0.5 to 1.5 inches. The DIY network has more information about the ideal mowing heights for different grass types.
It is important to consider how much shade your grass gets. You will need to keep your grass blades at the higher end of this spectrum if you have a lot of shaded lawn. The blades should be allowed to grow slightly longer to allow for sufficient sunlight.
The importance of the perfect mowing height
It is crucial to get the right height for your mowing. Scalping is when you cut your grass too short. Scalping causes grass plants to concentrate more nutrients on the roots, which help them survive droughts. This can also cause lawn stress, and make it more vulnerable to diseases.
Scaling your lawn can make it easier for weeds grow. Allowing your grass to grow for too long can lead to the blades falling over, making it more difficult to mow, and even causing them to smother themselves.
Long grass blades can also mean long grass cuttings that take longer to decompose. This extra-long clipping must be raked and removed before they cause damage to your lawn.
Rule of a third
Although cutting your grass at the right height is a good start, there are more important things to do in order to maintain a healthy lawn. You should not cut your grass to less than a third of its height at once.
Your grass may become stressed if you cut off more than one-third of its blade. This can lead to your grass becoming more susceptible to disease and less tolerant to drought.
Take care of your lawn’s growth
Your lawn is your guide! You can check your lawn often to see how big it is and then mow according. This will help you maintain a healthy lawn. It can also help you save time when mowing.
Your grass will grow slower during the dry seasons. You may be able to enjoy a week or two of no-mowing days.
Although it may seem appealing, a regular lawn mowing schedule can endanger your lawn’s health.
Instead, pay attention to the height of your lawn and its rate of growth. The best lawn will be healthy!