How Often Should I Mow My Grass?
Some folks enjoy spending the time and money required to maintain a healthy, high-gloss, showroom lawn while others prefer a low-maintenance, functional terrain.
“I cut it every Saturday, whether it needs it or not.”, or “I cut it when I can.” (which actually translates into “I put it off as long as I can”), or even “I cut it just to keep my neighbors off my back.”.
For many of us, these are the only guidelines in determining when it’s time to pull the old Snapper out of the shed and if we’re being honest; lawn care is one of those “necessary evil’s” that come with maintaining a home. The grass is long, we cut it- lather..rinse…repeat.
But, did you know that “how often you mow” can have a direct and significant effect on the health of your lawn , your property value, and the health of your family and pets?
- Finer, ornamental grasses under premium growth conditions may require cutting once every 3 days whereas utility grasses with longer, broader blades should; under ideal growth conditions be cut weekly. Having said that, there are a few additional things to consider:
- Environment and growth rate are two of the most significant considerations when deciding how often to mow your lawn. Heavier rain fall combined with ideal seasonal conditions will undoubtedly result in a quickly growing lawn whereas lower rain fall or drought conditions can restrict or halt lawn growth. Combined with the stress to the root system caused by hardpack, dry soil, mowing is not recommended until the growth pattern has resumed.
- Taller, lusher lawns tend to retain ground moisture longer. This creates an ideal breeding ground for disease bearing parasites. Keeping the grass at a nominal height allows natural evaporation to occur, which is healthier for your lawn as well as your family.
- Taller lawns tend to hide debris or foreign objects (toys, branches, small animals) which can present a very real safety concern when using your lawn mower.
- Heartier strains of grass such as Kentucky Bluegrass, Zoysiagrass, or Tall Fescue can grow quickly under the ideal conditions, resulting in a complicated mess if left untended. These particular grasses may require more frequent mowing to keep it at a nominal height.
- Thicker growth can present a difficult challenge when mulching. Wetter, thicker clippings tend to clump up under the mower deck, leaving trails of damp mulch across the lawn. This can drastically effect thatch and weed control.
- If not monitored, dense clippings can result in blade and discharge obstruction, potentially damaging your mower blade or overworking your four cycle engine.
- Thicker growth can present difficulties when bagging. Wetter clippings are heavier and if left in the grass bag can begin to break down resulting in a foul smelling mess.
- Many lawn care professionals agree that maintaining a proper lawn height provides strong root development, healthy growth and fewer problems with thatch and weed control.
Do you have questions or comments about when to mow your lawn? Feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below or contact us via phone or email.