Is it time to mow? We all know high grass is unsightly, but how often should you mow to maintain a vibrant and balanced lawn? The type of grass you have determines the growth rate and ideal height. The general rule is to mow your lawn when the grass hits about one third higher than the recommended mowing height. So, if your grass is three inches you would mow to around 2 inches. The most common types of grass you find in neighborhoods is Bermuda and Fescue. Bermuda has an ideal height of 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches, while Fescue is best around 2-1/2 to 3 inches. Mowing too low can weaken or kill grass and facilitate weed growth. Generally speaking, you should be mowing every 7-10 days. However, consider the length of the grass.
Did you know grass can get sunburned? If you let your grass grow for too long, the bottom half becomes shaded. When you finally get around to mowing, the once shaded grass will finally be exposed to the sun and will burn. And absolutely nobody wants to create a perfect environment for rodents and pests to hide! Another perk to mowing regularly is less mess created with clippings, no unsightly clumps in the yard. Make sure the grass is dry before mowing. Wet grass is weighed down and difficult to cut straight. Every yard is unique based on sun exposure, fertilization, and grass type. Calculate your best height and spend a few weeks noting the growth rate in your yard. With a little effort, you will be enjoying a beautiful and healthy lawn.