Spring Lawn Care: Mowing Taller
Mowing taller is the best thing you can do for the health of your lawn.
Many people choose to mow their grass short, thinking they can save some time by delaying their lawn’s next mowing. Not only are they wrong, they’re ruining their lawn’s health and assuring that any lawn care program will be significantly less effective.
Think of a blade of grass like a tree; the taller it is, the deeper its roots go and the more water it can store. Because of that deeper root system and bigger, longer blades, tall grass is more resistant to drought and requires less frequent watering to stay green and healthy.
Taller grass also crowds out weeds. A forest of tall grass covering your soil not only blocks new weeds from finding bare ground to gain hold, it also out-competes pre-existing weeds for sunlight and nutrients.
How tall should you mow? Ideally, as tall as the grass can stand before it bends over from its own weight. Usually that means setting the deck of your lawn mower anywhere from 3.5 to 4 inches off the ground, with 3 inches being an absolute minimum.
How much of the grass blade that gets cut is another guide to follow; never cut off more than ⅓ of the grass blade. If your desired height is 4 inches, wait until the grass blade height reaches 6 inches before mowing. Likewise, if your grass won’t stand upright after 3 inches, wait until they’re a little over 4 inches long before mowing. And here’s the benefit to you: The taller you mow, the longer you get to wait before the next mowing.
You should also recycle your grass clippings back into the soil by mulching. The only exception is when mulching leaves big clumps of grass that will smother and kill the lawn beneath. If you pledge to cut off no more than ⅓ of your grass blade height, though, that shouldn’t be a problem.
The best reason to mow tall is that it’s the cheapest and easiest thing you can do to support your lawn’s health. The effect will be a thicker, greener, and more uniform covering of grass on your lawn. So do your part to ensure the best results from this lawn care program: Mow tall.
If you have more questions about mowing taller, or anything related to the care and health of your lawn, call 330-353-9105 to speak to a Greener Grass representative, or Contact Us through our website.