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What length should I cut my lawn?

6/5/2023 10:42:42 AM

One of the most important facets of good lawn care is determining the right length to cut your grass. Cutting your grass too short or too long can have negative effects on the health of your lawn.

The ideal length for most types of grass is between 2.5 and 3.5 inches. This length is long enough to promote healthy growth and protect the roots from the sun's heat but short enough to keep the lawn looking neat and well-manicured.

When you cut your grass too short, it can put stress on the lawn and make it more susceptible to disease, pests, and weeds. Short grass is also less able to retain moisture and may require more frequent watering.

On the other hand, letting your grass grow too long can cause it to become too dense, making it difficult for air and nutrients to reach the soil and roots. This can lead to thatch buildup, which can also create an environment for disease and pests to thrive. Long grass can also be more difficult to mow, requiring multiple passes with your mower to cut sufficiently.

Things that Change the Best Length to Cut Your Grass

There are some factors that affect the best length to cut grass. Different grass types, for example, have different ideal lengths for healthy growth. Dozens of different grass species exist in the U.S., with more than 12,000 different species worldwide.

If you don’t know the kind of lawn you have (understandable, most homeowners don’t know this off the top of their head…if you do, very impressive) start with some research on the specific type of grass you have at your house.

Climate can also play a significant role in optimal grass length. If you live in a hot and dry climate, you may want to leave your grass a bit longer to protect it from the sun's heat. Likewise, if your lawn receives heavy foot traffic, you may want to cut it a bit shorter to prevent it from becoming too dense.

How Often Should I Mow?

Mowing your lawn with just the right frequency requires a similar balancing act to finding the right length. Cutting your grass too frequently can cause stress to the grass, while cutting it too infrequently can allow it to become too long and dense.

Try to remove no more than 1/3 of the grass’ length each time you mow. This will allow you to maintain a consistent length, reduce stress to the grass, and leave enough of the blade behind for it to grow.

While it can be difficult (and time-consuming) to maintain the proper lawn length, the reward is a beautiful, lush lawn that adds curb appeal to your home and creates an inviting outdoor space for you and your family.

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